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    Michael Gove 'Axes' To Kill A Mockingbird & Other American Works From GCSE Syllabus

    Link: Michael Gove 'axes' To Kill a Mockingbird and other American classics from English literature GCSE syllabus - Education News - Education - The Independent

    ...The Education Secretary said students ought to focus on works by British writers such as Jane Austen and Shakespeare, The Sunday Times reported.

    OCR, one the UK’s biggest exam boards, told the newspaper: "Of Mice and Men, which Michael Gove really dislikes, will not be included. It was studied by 90 per cent of teenagers taking English literature GCSE in the past...
    ...Bethan Marshall, a senior lecturer in English at King's College, London, told The Sunday Times: “It's a syllabus out of the 1940s and rumour has it Michael Gove, who read literature, designed it himself.

    “Schools will be incredibly depressed when they see it."

    She added: “This will just grind children down."
    [The referenced article from The Sunday Times is behind a paywall]

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    isnt it time to loose Shakespeare that put me off reading for years during and after school

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    isnt it time to loose Shakespeare that put me off reading for years during and after school
    I think this is a really interesting way of engaging students The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company | The Hip Hop Shakespeare Company (its not cheesy shakespeare in "yute speak")

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    Thr irony is that I love seeing Shakespeare now; I get it. I didn't at school. With art, I enjoy the more modern, but don't get the classics. There is room for both on the syllabus, but making it so prescriptive that some brilliant texts get left out because they are too new or not British is worrying. People have to learn to love books for what they are.
    Last edited by elsiegee40; 25th May 2014 at 09:26 PM.

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    My 16 year old daughter is a fabulous student and she holds a very low opinion of Shakespeare - often wondering why students are force fed 'classics' when there are far better Author of modern times who would make much more useful and interesting case studies.

    As to Gove - why can't this man stop interfering all the time. He is gong to go down in history as the Secretary of State for a education who did the most damage to UK education ever. About time Cameron sacked the guy and replaced him with someone who can implement their so called party policy of leaving teachers to teach etc.

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    Gove seems to have his eye on the top job. But, if he became leader of the tories, they would become unelectable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    But, if he became leader of the tories, they would become unelectable.
    Almost tempted to say, well lets hope it gets it.! But tbh, it doesn't really matter who wins the election, the government always gets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    or not British
    What party is Mr Gove in again?

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    Shakespeare needs to be seen, not read.

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    Great news hated it still do!

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    Fair point Elsiegee40 but despite the fact that many of their candidates are already unelectable they still get elected by the pin the vote on the blue rosette syndrome. The 'I've always voted Conservative' blue rinse brigade. The whole electoral system is a crock. That said I don't know what could be done to make it better. The Lib Dems beat on about Proportional Representation (which comes in several formats) but unfortunately the stupid 'Party List' system thrust upon the Country for recent European Elections is a real heap of poo. First past the post would even have been more meaningful.


    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Gove seems to have his eye on the top job. But, if he became leader of the tories, they would become unelectable.
    Last edited by elsiegee40; 26th May 2014 at 08:41 AM.

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    That'll be the we closely look after each other's interests party and the country comes second party!

    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    What party is Mr Gove in again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by speckytecky View Post
    That'll be the we closely look after each other's interests party and the country comes second party!
    Lookup Gove, Murdoch and education market.

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    [SARCASM]
    Yes, this makes perfect sense. I can't understand why Canadians, Americans or Australians study Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens, Tolkien, Orwell, Bronte, Eliot, C.S. Lewis, or Byron. I mean, of what relevence do any of these authors works have for anyone other than the British...sheesh!
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    @speckytecky, the "default vote" phenomenon applies to both Conservative and Labour voters. There have always been people who say "I have X background, I vote for X party", just as there have always been people who say "my family are from X area and if I supported any other football team I'd be disowned" (that's pretty much a quote from my Technician).

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