Shakespeare Isn’t Important

Sunday, December 9, 2012
Posted in category Public School Prisons

This is from The Telegraph:

American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014.

A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace.

…Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California’s Invasive Plant Council.

Please tell me this is a fake story?

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11 Responses to Shakespeare Isn’t Important

  1. Rob says:

    December 9th, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Um, “ready[ing] pupils for the workplace” when on even Uncle Sam’s own (presumably optimistic) guesstimate, there are already 12 million adult Americans without jobs in said workplace?

    Life imitates ONION, I suppose.

  2. Mark says:

    December 9th, 2012 at 9:44 am

    No- sorry. Not fake. In New York we have already received preliminary training. Fiction is for socialists. Our high school students do not know how to write product manuals, and this must be addressed…

  3. Eyewitness says:

    December 9th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Never fear, citizen. Youth units will be appropriately educated so that they may fill their duties as vital and interchangeable cogs in our brave new world. Fiction only encourages non-productive thoughts. 

  4. Wade says:

    December 9th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Here are some of the other required non-fiction readings:
    1) The Benefits of GMO Foods
    2) Why Bisphenol A (BPA) is good for you
    3) The beneficial effects of flouride
    4) How the private federal reserve saved the economy from disaster
    5) Why the Second Amendment is obsolete
    6) In praise of Jon “the slime” Corzine
    7) Borrowing and spending creates wealth; saving and living beneath your means is unpatriotic and against the interest of the state

    In addition, students will receive extra credit for pledging to restrict all written communication to 140 characters so as to be twitter compliant

  5. liberranter says:

    December 10th, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Since publik skoolz don’t teach (or demand) reading anyway, the logical question would seem to be: does it matter whether the “reading materials” in the classrooms are works of literary fiction or copies of Rolling Stone? Even if they were capable of reading them (which most are not), neither the students nor the “teachers” would bother.

  6. Nancy says:

    December 10th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    John Taylor Gatto would not be surprised.

  7. Steve says:

    December 10th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Sounds like the students will all be put on adderall by then.

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    December 10th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Wade – Great!

  9. Wade says:

    December 11th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Karen: thanks…I was en fuego the other night…lol

    liberranter: wrt your mention of Rolling Stone Magazine, it’s a sad commentary on journalism in the US that the best analysis of the private federal reserve and the banking cabal doesn’t come from the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, or the Washington Post; instead it comes from Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone

  10. jeannie queenie says:

    December 11th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Wade, that was brilliant. You covered most the bases with that retort. I would only add that since so many teachers today were products of the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s, that they themselves never learned how to read or to think critically, and if they have a kid brighter then them in the classroom, they go to any lengths to stifle that bright student. I saw the figures about a year ago on how different our country would be today, if all the gifted students since the sixties were given the extra schooling they should have rightfully received…it would have added many trillions to our GDP in health cures, medicine, inventions, et al, thus making all americans much richer.

    Nope, the foolish, frenzied, frump feminists provided plenty of penalties by pushing conformity in the classroom. And then, shattering the glass ceiling created but convolution in american lives. About the only thing we can say they shattered were lives, especially the kids, but wow, they got to do the feminine mystique thing..code for feminine mistake. So women went out in droves to work, the repubs said thanks for the extra tax money..we need it for our wars…the ad boys said thank you for buying the crap we push on the tube…little johnny and sally said thank you, for we can screw around before mom gets home..and husband said thank you too for knowing she was to tired to participate when she arrived at home for her second job.

    This allowed him a three martini lunch and quickie with cutie office Susie.
    But all the monkey see monkey do moms left their homes to join the circus..and today we see the results all around us..more idiot teachers turning out kids who can’t read, count, spell..and then, amoral politicians, thieving banksters, and even corrupt churches cowardly cozying to crazy politicians/imams. We have met the enemy and it needs a real enema.

  11. da99 says:

    December 13th, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I am surprised it took this long. I remember John Taylor Gatto talking (or writing) how the earliest government schools were deliberately watering down the curriculum to prevent leadership and encourage a factory drone mentality. The parents protested after quickly realizing what was happening. They refused a watered down curriculum.

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