“The common curse of mankind, – folly and ignorance”*

“The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) has released a report titled ‘The Unkindest Cut: Shakespeare in Exile 2015.’ According to the report’s author, Dr. Michael Poliakoff, only 4 out of the top 52 liberal arts colleges and universities in the country require English majors to take a course on Shakespeare. ‘If reading Shakespeare is not central to a liberal education, what is? For English majors to miss out is far worse. A degree in English without serious study of Shakespeare is like a major in Greek Literature without the serious study of Homer. It is tantamount to fraud…’ writes Poliakoff.”

You could say that about most non-STEM college degrees nowadays. I had two semesters of Shakespeare back in 1965-66 for my English degree. Best courses I took. From which I now know the source of so many catch phrases of modern English speech:

The lady doth protest too much; To thine ownself be true; The play’s the thing; All the world’s a stage; Brevity is the soul of wit; Now is the winter of our discontent; A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse; Off with his head!…etc.

Even to some minorities-soon-to-be-majorities, such losses are strange: White Man: Why Are You Giving Away Your Country?

*Troilus and Cressida, Act II, Scene III

Via Instapundit.

One response to ““The common curse of mankind, – folly and ignorance”*

  1. I wonder, was Shakespeare already checked for political correctness? Soon to join Mark Twain on the way to obscurity, I am afraid.