To read or not to read, that is the question Prince Charles believes Britain's schools haven't answered.

"It is almost incredible that in Shakespeare's land one child in seven leaves primary school functionally illiterate," he said Monday.Even students who can read may leave school without being introduced to William Shakespeare's works, the prince told teachers at a gathering in Stratford-Upon-Avon marking Shakespeare's 427th birthday.

Some teachers said the prince was talking "nonsense." But Britain's education secretary, Kenneth Clarke, who is waging a campaign to improve English schools, said, "I agree with practically everything he said."