What Shakespeare Can Teach Your Children
The language is odd, but Shakespeare’s insights are really universal.
From my perspective, Shakespeare has many lessons of life and is probably good to teach Shakespeare in small doses at different stages of life. I think an older person, middle-aged person; they’ll get different things out of Shakespeare.
For a child, it’s important to see the human interaction, the human conflict and how it gets resolved. And there’s nothing quite so cleaver, so rich as Shakespeare in establishing these human interactions. Motives and guilt and envy and hate, it’s all there.
But it requires some work. And that’s why there is some resistance to teaching it. The language is odd, but Shakespeare’s insights are really universal.
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A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
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- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
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