All 10th-graders at a Massachusetts charter school -- where 50% of the students enter ninth grade reading at a fifth-grade level -- are required to take the stage and recite a Shakespeare monologue. "It gives students chances to inhabit the roles of other people, to be able to speak in that person's voice," the academy's principal said. "Our mission is to make what seems unreasonable and outlandish elsewhere seem like the norm here."

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