After all my New Year excitement about renewed efforts to make Shakespeare more accessible to school aged children, my enthusiasm has just been dampened. Iíve just learnt that a drama teacher from Canonbury Primary School in north London. has been sackedThere goes Bard 2009!
Mr. Stringerís employers escorted him off the premises after they learnt of an incident that occurred in a previous teaching role in a different school Ė the drama teacher had shown the film Shakespeare in Love to a class of seven year old children.
I know this film is rated ď15Ē in the UK, and so a wrongful act did take place, but is it really a sackable offense? Itís been a few years since I saw it, but I remember it being a fairly innocuous film at best.
Although I have to agree that Mr. Stringerís actions were wrong, I suspect that he was acting with the best of intentions. As I remember, Shakespeare in Love contains less sex and violence than the actual plays. I canít help but feel that this was a knee-jerk reaction.