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Immeasurable Outcomes

Teaching Shakespeare in the Age of the Algorithm

Gayle Greene

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What is the purpose of education? The answer might be found in a Shakespeare class at a small liberal arts college.

In this engaging account of teaching a Shakespeare class at a small liberal arts college, Gayle Greene illustrates what is so vital and urgent about the humanities. Follow along with Greene as she introduces us to her students and showcases their strengths, needs, and vulnerabilities, so we can experience the magic of her classroom. In Immeasurable Outcomes, Greene's class builds a complex human ecosystem that pushes students to think more deeply and discover their own interests…

What is the purpose of education? The answer might be found in a Shakespeare class at a small liberal arts college.

In this engaging account of teaching a Shakespeare class at a small liberal arts college, Gayle Greene illustrates what is so vital and urgent about the humanities. Follow along with Greene as she introduces us to her students and showcases their strengths, needs, and vulnerabilities, so we can experience the magic of her classroom. In Immeasurable Outcomes, Greene's class builds a complex human ecosystem that pushes students to think more deeply and discover their own interests and potential, all while recognizing the inherent dignity in other people's views and values.

Grounding her analyses in half a century of teaching, Greene pushes back against the demand for measurable student learning outcomes and the standardization imposed on K-12 schools in the name of reform. Instead, she draws her conclusions about education directly from the students themselves. Alumni testimonials describe the transformative power of a liberal arts education, recounting how their experience of community and engagement has provided them the tools to navigate the uncertainties of a rapidly changing world while also inspiring the social awareness our democracy depends on.

Immeasurable Outcomes rejects claims that the liberal arts are impractical, exposing the political agendas of technocrats and ideologues who would transform higher education into vocational training and programs focused only on profitability. Greene reminds us that the liberal arts have been the basis for the most successful educational system in the world and provides a powerful demonstration that education at a human scale that is relationship-rich and humanities-based should be the model for education in the future.

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Gayle Greene gives her readers a great gift—she invites us into her seminar on Shakespeare. We become one of her lucky students, as we learn how 'to think qualitatively about human need and value.' She shows liberal education in action, a transformative form of learning with immeasurable outcomes.

I am pleased to endorse Gayle Greene's new book Immeasurable Outcomes. She gives her readers a clear picture of what education should be and how it has been distorted by entrepreneurs, grifters, and phonies. What every parent, teacher, and student should focus on is Greene's clear understanding of what real education is. The measures we use are killing it. Dig deep and find the treasure of a great education.

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Introduction
Chapter 1. First Day
Chapter 2. Once Upon A Time In The Twentieth Century: How The Humanities Took A Great Fall
Chapter 3. What's Trust Got to Do with It?
Chapter 4. "The Reading Thing"

Introduction
Chapter 1. First Day
Chapter 2. Once Upon A Time In The Twentieth Century: How The Humanities Took A Great Fall
Chapter 3. What's Trust Got to Do with It?
Chapter 4. "The Reading Thing": Attending, Remembering, Connecting
Chapter 5. The Play's The Thing: Taming Of The Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream
Chapter 6. Teaching Is an Art, Not an Algorithm
Chapter 7. De-grading the Professors: Outcomes Assessment Assessed
Chapter 8. Growing Up Human: Hamlet, King Lear
Chapter 9. Ask a Graduate
Acknowledgments
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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Gayle Greene, PhD

Gayle Greene is a professor emerita at Scripps College. She is the author of books on Shakespeare, women writers, and feminist criticism. Her memoirs include Missing Persons: A Memoir and Insomniac.