To Teach or Not To Teach?

filed under: Miscellaneous on March 18, 2010

I suddenly realized I had an opinion (and a strong one at that) about a topic that I never even contemplated before.

So I pose the question to you.


Do you think Shakespeare is appropriate for 6+ year olds?

If yes, why?

If not, when is it?

*This is a repost, but I think I have about seven more readers now then I did two years ago, so I cant wait to hear some new opinions!  I will be posting my opinion on it tomorrow.

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  • sue says:

    I’m having trouble thinking of a work of Shakespeare that would be appropriate for a 6-year-old. I think most of them have subject matter that is not suitable – suicide, murder, adultry, etc.

  • Traci says:

    My opinion isn’t completely settled and has changed over time. It’s been awhile since my daughter was that age. I think I would err on the side of caution, appropriateness and praying about it. Children are different.
    I do like poetry. I do like Shakes. I’m older and have keener discernment. Now that my daughter’s older we’ve read through some of his works. In a way, it’s more to know who he was and to have an idea of what he wrote and what impact that had on history. We do that with a lot of historical figures (secular & Christian) but not every one. Sometimes it depends on what comes up as we go about life too. I am very intrigued by what your response will be!

  • christy rose says:

    I think it is funny that this question is arising in my path now. My daughter, who is 13 is doing a Shakespeare play on Romeo and Juliet this weekend. It is called the Suessification of Romeo and Juliet, done as if it were written by Dr. Suess. This is the first introduction that she has had with Shakespeare at all. She loves doing the play but she herself thinks that some of what she is learning about him and his writing is not appropriate for even her age.

  • Julia says:

    I don’t think my comment went through.
    don’t know about Shakespear, but i read Hansel and Gretel to my daughter tonight… yeah, totally NOT appropriate. Evil witches EATING little boys is not meant for toddlers!

  • Lori says:

    No, not really. Shakespeare is bawdy. You could teach about who Shakespeare was, to begin to prepare them; you could read some of the sonnets aloud or even some lines from some plays to teach poetic rhythm and symbolism and other literary devices; you could re-tell some of the stories. But Shakespeare was not meant to be read by young children. I began reading Shakespeare when I was 12 (some of the comedies), then the tragedies when I was a teen.