James E. Davis is Professor of English at Ohio University and the past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Shakespeare is a central shaping and defining figure in our culture. His plays are being taught, filmed, and performed every day in many places and in most of the world's languages. At the same time, teachers and students from junior high through the early undergraduate years often struggle with the Bard in discomfort and negativity that can only be counter-productive. Teaching Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century is by teachers and for teachers.