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The Simpsons Good morning members of the Board of Secondary School Studies, I am here today to speak to you about what I believe is a very important issue - reforming our English curriculum. The goal of the curriculum as it stands today is to produce high quality critical evaluators, with the ability to empathise. I agree whole-heartedly with this objective, but I believe some adjustments made to our curriculum are necessary. While it seems a huge change may take a considerable amount of time, there is one thing that can be changed immediately: the selection of resource materials. So what is the missing ingredient that is perhaps the most vital? The Simpsons. Whether you love them or loathe them, America's most disfunctional family seems to invade everyone's living room with their realistic views on today's society. ...read more.

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The cleverness of this cartoon is unbelievable, and there is a lesson to be learnt in every episode. I'm sure parents would not object to the children watching the news, when there is quite possibly more violence and disrespect present in 1/2 hour of the news than there is in an episode of the Simpsons. In my opinion, the Simpson's is far beyond a cartoon and should be thought more of a valuable educational research item. I believe the creator of the Simpsons - Matt Groening is an extremely intelligent and intellectual man that should be given a tremendous amount of credit. He has made a cartoon that can be viewed and understood at so many different levels. For example, a child could relate to each character for their face value and get enjoyment out of the simple humour. ...read more.

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Bart is a typical boy, he loves trouble and if trouble doesn't find him, he'll go looking for it. Although he tries to conceal the affectionate feelings he possesses for his family, Bart always seems to end up learning a valuable lesson each episode about how important his family is along with other issues young boys are faced with everyday. Lisa is the brains of the family. I find it impossible to watch an episode of the Simpson's without learning at least one new witty fact that has come from Lisa. Lisa doesn't have a very strong relationship with her father as she relates more to her mother. The true indication of successful teaching is measured by the students' ability to grasp course material effectively, and then use that knowledge beyond the classroom. The Simpsons provides an excellent way to accomplish this goal. Learning is all about relevance, enjoyment and substance. ...read more.

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