On British Education Secretary, Michael Gove, banning American literature from English exam syllabus

3 years ago

Michael Gove, Education SecretaryIf Michael Gove, Education Secretary, has banned American literature from our children’s exam syllabuses that’s not good. However,  if somewhere in this media circus someone is suggesting a widening of the curriculum outside of the usual fare of (yawn)‘Of Mice And Men’ (John Steinbeck)’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (Harper Lee)…well okay.

Come on, I was studying those texts when GSCEs were ‘O’ Levels and teachers could rap you over the knuckles with six rulers taped together. (Yeah, that happened.)

So, laying aside the American vs. English literature red herring of a headliner, is a broadening of what our children read such a bad thing?

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