English assignments were always on the lame side. You’d either get asked to write some descriptive rabble that had to be way too detailed, a persuasive essay with arguments you could barely comprehend, or you’d read some book picked out from the 80’s and be told to enjoy it.
Dreary English assignments seem to be a thing of the past though, as one school caused outrage when they asked 60 students to write a suicide note for an in-class assessment. The assignment was given as part of the group’s studies on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, they were asked to imagine how Lady Macbeth might feel in her suicidal state.
Staff at England’s Thomas Tallis School were asked to apologise after – surprise, surprise – they realised that some people might have actually experienced difficulties with suicide and it’s not really a topic that you should invite students to consider in a classroom.
One mother said that her daughter had three friends that had committed suicide, and she was incredibly distressed during the assignment. “On what universe was it ever a good idea to ask a group of teenagers to write suicide notes?” she said to local newspaper News Shopper.
The school’s principal Carolyn Roberts said “action had been taken” and that similar projects would not happen again.
“A parent contacted us with concerns about a written exercise given to a class during studies of a play by Shakespeare.
“We appreciate that the exercise was upsetting to the family and have discussed the subject matter and approach with teaching staff,” she said.
While it’s fine to teach children about Shakespeare, it’s probably not a good idea to teach it through the use of suicide notes.
Source and image: Telegraph