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    LosAngelesZaidy
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    In Los Angeles the Bais Yaakov read the “classic” English novels? Do all Frum Bais Yaakov read them? Is it time to make our own list? Is Shakespear really need to be read?

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    luv2hack
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    In Bais Yaakov HS in Toronto- we did Shakespeare, A Tale of Two Cities, Silas Marner and a bunch more that I cant remember :). There’s nothing wrong with being well read and I suspect there is a specific curriculum by the government in order to get a high school diploma.

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    Shopping613 🌠
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    Please for the sake of all children in bais yackov schools please do not put any Shakespeare or gruesome stories on that list, ever read the scarlet ibis? it was not meant for 6th graders to read! ok, there are some bais yackovs out there that allow alot of gruesome storys the child does not want to read!

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    BTGuy
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    Hi LAZ,

    If there are clean, kosherized books by Shakespeare, they would offer a lot of opportunity to develop reading comprehension and creative analysis as deep as someone can think

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    TheGoq
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    I remember in high school we started reading George Orwells 1984 the Hanhala caught wind of it and banned the book.

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    dash™
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    There are plenty of works cleaner than Shakespeare’s. If a school beleives that a perticular work is not suitable for their students as is (Some of Shakespeare’s work will fall into this category, how many will depend on the school) they should select a different work for their cirriculum rather than attempt to fix it.

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    👑RebYidd23
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    If there were no works cleaner than Shakespeare’s, reading would be assur.

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    Miriam377
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    Good Bye Mr. Chips, Our Town

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    Letakein Girl
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    All My Sons. (I think that’s what it’s called…)

    And lots of others that don’t come to mind right now.

    Oh! Julius Caesar. We acted it out; that was really, really fun.

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    Redleg
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    LG, Yeah. We acted out Julius Caesar too. it was great fun. Goq, I suspect that the Hanhala’s objection to 1984 wasn’t the prurient content, of which there was little if any as I recall, but that the content struck too close to home. Too many institutions are run along the same lines as Oceania.

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    FrozenThaw
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    Dr Jekyll and mr hyde

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    writersoul
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    Redleg: There is some inappropriate content in 1984 (or at least content that would prevent the average Bais Yaakov/yeshiva from assigning it).

    I read 3 Shakespeare plays, To Kill a Mockingbird, Our Town, Death of a Salesman, The Great Gatsby, Turning of the Screw, Great Expectations, and a bunch of other stuff I’m probably forgetting. Oh, yeah, also The Crucible, but someone complained about inappropriate content so the teacher taught it to us without us actually needing to read it. It was weird. The teacher was annoyed. (I honestly don’t know what the problem was with the play and I thought it was really good, actually.)

    Setting The Crucible aside, none of this was censored. Except one book which I won’t name, which was basically a bunch of pages which were each about 50% whited out. It was quite humorous. They never tried that again.

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