Thanks for the comment. You have a lot of people on your side of this discussion for sure.
You can’t know ahead of time whether any child will love Shakespeare. And I get why we chose him when texts were scarce. Now we have access to tens of thousands of authors who are bright and engaging and potentially hugely impactful on kids’ lives but are treated as optional (or not treated at all.) Wondering if that’s an equity issue as well? This is the problem with curriculum…now that we have access to so much potential curriculum, what one billionth of one percent are we going to choose to expose every child to? And how do we know we’re making the right choice? (That’s with a nod to Seymour Papert, by the way.)
I admire your passion for Shakespeare. But we’ll have to agree to disagree as to whether he is core to the English curriculum.