Why Study Shakespeare?

There’s a great closing line in this article:

Students should study Shakespeare not because of what job it might get them but because it’s an anthropological guidebook that tells them how to live.

The post of this quote, and the surrounding discussion about ‘21st century skills’, is concerned with the topic What is the purpose of Education?

It is a “What” question, not a “How” question.

Replacing one narrow view of education with another narrow view of education will only substitute one type of factory model for another.

In discussions like these it is worthwhile to pan back and view education with a wider lens. Why do I try to change and learn in specific ways? In order to give myself more options to do what I want to do.

I study Shakespeare not to get a job but to help me decide what it is I want to do with my time here.