When I was in high school I read, if I remember correctly: Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Richard II and the Henry plays (not VIII). I’m trying to remember, but I think that was about it. I know no Lear, or Tempest, or R3. Certainly not Coriolanus or Titus, and I’m having a hard time remembering whether we read any other comedies.
So my question is this : Assuming we’re talking about “high school” age, and by that I mean 14-18ish, what plays do you think should be taught as part of the curriculum?
This could turn into a whole discussion about curriculum overhaul, which is fine, but not really what I’m going for. What I’m really wondering is, if you assume “A typical student will, as part of their standard English education, be exposed to Shakespeare”, what plays do you think should be included? Do you think there are any common choices we can (or should) stop teaching?