"Shakespeare in the Shoe"
I just saw an amazing segment on MSNBC on a program
called "Shakespeare in the Shoe". It is program in
which inmates in a maximum security prison study
Macbeth. They study the play through the lens of
choices and their consequences. After reading and
discussing the play, they create their own version and
then perform their play for their fellow inmates. In
the segment, many of the participants were interviewed
and their reactions were astounding. One man, serving
60 years for murder mentioned that he wished he had
studied this play as a teenager because it might have
changed his path. What a powerful reminder of the
role literature and teachers play in creating a more
humane world. Carry on!"