Courtney Welbon had to memorize the "To Be or Not to Be" soliloquy from Shakespeare's Hamlet for school and decided that she'd have an easier time at it if she turned it into a song. It's now a light and cheerful work.
Good work, Ms. Welbon. But as always, Shakespeare sounds better in the original Klingon.
-via Blame It on the Voices
Schools can teach both practical skills and cultural heritage. And like ted said, there's no need to teach checkbook balancing in an English class.
If it were done when tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly.
If the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his surcease success,
That but this blow might be the be-all and the end-all,
Here but here upon this bank and shoal of time, we'd jump the life to come.
Memorizing poetry is fun. It makes you think more about the words: how they sound, what they mean, etc...
Why would they teach you how to balance a chequebook in English class, anyway?