Beware, this is more a philosophical question than a Shakespeare one, but the subjects overlap.
I’ve worked for two educational startups, both that deal with getting kids into college.
One boss had the vision that *every* kid should potentially go to college, and the fact that they don’t is attributable to a failed system (on many fronts – the student’s as well as the system’s).
The other boss, disagrees, and makes the case that for some people, college is simply not the right path, and sometimes even seen as a negative. It’s been mentioned more than once that up here in Massachusetts, “We don’t ask if you went to college, we ask where you went to college.” But it’s a big world, and there are plenty of places in the US where “went to college” is a bad thing in the “you think you better than me?” sort of way.
I’m not really sure where I fall on that spectrum, and that’s not really what I want to argue.
What I want to do is apply that same spectrum to the question of Shakespeare. Is Shakespeare for everybody? If someone doesn’t “get” Shakespeare, is that just the result of a system that failed to properly explain it? Or should we just accept the fact that some folks are not meant for Shakespeare, and nothing we can do will change that?
Note that I am not talking about those who spend significant effort researching the topic and then come up with a stance on why they don’t *like* it. That’s like someone who goes to college, finds nothing there, and quits. I’m talking about the ones that never even get that far – the ones who are unable (unwilling?) to see any value in the subject for themselves, and thus put no effort into pursuing it.