This man cannot help himself can he. EVERY time he opens his mouth he says something stupid.
Even at school I though Of Mice And Men was a brillaint book and even more so today it is so deep tragic. Not read Mockingbird so cannot comment. My friend last night said to me 'why don't they read harry potter?'
Bahahaha a aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I went on for about a minute!
Watch out the thought police will be on to you soon.
imho (I haven't looked at Literature) the changes the changes to EYFS, KS1 and KS2 in the other subjects looks pretty good to me. They seem to have looked at what other countries steaming ahead of the UK are up to and have tweaked things to follow the same methods. Haven't looked beyond KS2 though, that might be a different story altogether.
GREED I thoroughly recommend Mockingbird which I read for the first time a couple of years ago when my son studied it for AS. I also recommend following it up with The Help which is written on a similar theme. Both get you thinking.
As I understand it the changes do not say you cannot use "of mice and men", rather they say you must read something from a 20thC British Author. So it would be entirely possible to read (say) "1984" AND "of mice and men".
ComputingData (26th May 2014)
Reading 1984 would not be a bad thing. Excellent author.
Maybe 1984 and Brave New World should be compulsory reading. Kids might learn to see through the lies being told to them.
To this day - 30 years on - , I still detest Shakespeare, due to one fat, smelly, teacher who insisted we should all love it, just because ' it's the greatest thing ever written'.
Ditto Mockingbird, which came across as a party political broadcast by the 'all white people are arseholes' party.
BUT, of M&M - struck a cord, and maybe would do now more than ever, with about a quarter of the kids in Europe unable to find work.
In any case, strangling the life out of English Lit for students cannot be a good thing in the long term.
Michael Gove has written a reply in The Telegraph defending his position on this matter:
Link: Michael Gove: Kill a Mockingbird? I'd never dream of it - Telegraph
...Last year the Department for Education set out new requirements around which exam boards would frame their specifications. The new subject content for all GCSEs is broader and deeper than before – reflecting a higher level of ambition for children. In English literature, we emphasised that students must read a wide range of texts. We also set out a core that had to be covered – specifically a whole Shakespeare play, poetry from 1789 including the romantics, a 19th-century novel and some fiction or drama written in the British Isles since 1914.
Beyond this, exam boards have the freedom to design specifications so that they are stretching and interesting, and include any number of other texts from which teachers can then choose...
So once the core texts that have to be covered have been studied how much time will be left to study To Kill a Mockingbird and Of mice and men?
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