Along with practical suggestions on how to bring Shakespeare to life for students, such as those included in the above-mentioned essay by Montana State University assistant professor Sharon Beehler, it offers a range of scholarly opinions on teaching methods in high schools and universities.
Coming Soon On PBS: A series of eight one-hour programs coproduced by the Public Broadcasting Service and the Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique at Sonoma (Calif.) State University will be available this fall through the PBS Adult Learning Satellite Service. The series, titled Educational Reform for the Year 2000 and Beyond, will explore the role of critical thinking in education. PBS is billing it as the "authoritative source'' on critical thinking issues.
The series explores how school curricula should be redesigned to cultivate students who are able to "reason their way through information, misinformation, and disinformation to knowledge and skill.''
The first half of the series, titled "Why Critical Thinking,'' was put on the satellite this spring and will be retransmitted in a single fourhour block this December. Starting in September, the second half, titled "How to Infuse Critical Thinking K-12,'' will run one segment per month on this schedule:
"Critical Thinking: The Thinking that Masters the Content,'' Sept. 7, from 12-1 p.m. (EDT);
"Transforming Critical Thinking Principles into Teaching Strategies,'' Oct. 6, from 12-1 p.m. (EDT);
"Remodeling Lessons and Redesigning Instruction to Infuse Critical Thinking,'' Nov. 2, from 12-1 p.m. (EST);
"The Greensboro Plan: Longterm Critical Thinking Staff Development in an Urban MultiRacial School District,'' Dec. 7, from 12-1 p.m. (EST).
Schools or districts wishing to receive the programs via satellite should call the PBS Adult Learning Center at (800) 257-2578.
The programs may also be broadcast by local PBS stations. For broadcast schedules, call your local PBS station. Recorded videotapes of each program are available through Sonoma State University's Center for Critical Thinking and Moral Critique at (707) 664-2940.
Constitution Week: Since 1955, Sept. 17-23 has been designated Constitution Week--honoring the four pages of parchment written in 1787 that outline the laws of our nation.
"The rights and responsibilities outlined in the Constitution are too important to be taken for granted,'' says Chuck Timanus, spokesman for the Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution, which provides ideas for celebrating the week. "And schools are the best place to begin learning about these rights and responsibilities.''
The commission publishes an information packet offering suggestions for school and community activities. Their ideas range from public bell-ringing ceremonies to courthouse tours to student essay contests.
For more information write to: Constitution Week, Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, 808 17th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20006. To order information kits call (202) 653-9800.