David Kern Apr 8, 2015

There are some obvious choices, of course: The Hamlets and Beatrices and Falstaffs and Prosperos. And you wouldn't be wrong to choose any of these. But there are also many wonderful characters who are lesser known or are secondary characters. 

What about you, who is your favorite Shakespeare character? 

David Kern Feb 24, 2015

We classical educators are well known for our love of books. Whether it's the good old-fashioned hard cover book that smells like moth balls and winter sweaters or a brand-new e-reader that keeps our spouses up at night, we tend to consume literature of all kinds like children consume candy on Easter. Many of us consider our libraries to be our most prized possessions and take seriously who will receive our favorite books when we die. So we thought, why not bring back our Question of the Week feature with a nod to this affection for the written word. 

David Kern Apr 24, 2013

As any high school English teacher can attest, the vast majority of today's young people would prefer to read contemporary (read: modern) literature rather than the classical and traditional works we're assigning. Regrettably, many of them would rather read The Hunger Games than The Iliad and Twilight rather than Romeo and Juliet. This is neither surprising nor new. But it's a problem against which we as teachers must brush daily. So with that in mind our question of the week is this: 

How modern is too modern?