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Gove kills the mockingbird with ban on US classic novels ...what do you think?

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mrz Sun 25-May-14 09:34:52

CharlesRyder Sun 25-May-14 09:37:06

We really must kill this man.

NeedaDiscoNap Sun 25-May-14 09:37:06

He's a twat. grin

Every time I've taught 'To Kill a Mockingbird' pupils have been moved by it and enjoyed every bit of it.

He's so shortsighted it's ridiculous.

meditrina Sun 25-May-14 09:37:18

I can only see a preview of the article because it's behind a paywall.

What is actually on the new list?

TunipTheUnconquerable Sun 25-May-14 09:39:44

Stupid thing to do. To Kill A Mockingbird is one that teens actually like. Likewise The Crucible.
Partly agree with him about Of Mice And Men but at least it's short.

There's no good reason I can think of to make kids only study British literature. Only doing American authors would be a bit of a shame but writing off all non-British ones is just as bad.

PaulinesPen Sun 25-May-14 09:41:26

I don't understand. The article doesn't give Gove's reasons for thisconfused. What is he driving at now ffs?hmm My dd has just studied Of Mice And Men and loved itsad.

StealthPolarBear Sun 25-May-14 09:41:45

What did he say about Of Mice and Men? I really enjoyed that one.
To Kill A Mockingbird is brilliant.
So is it all Shakespeare and Dickens from now? Or is he being more inventive?

LaurieFairyCake Sun 25-May-14 09:42:08

Can't read the link but doubt it will make me think he's less of a twat.

They just did a Gcse last week on 'to kill a mockingbird' and the kids love it. It's an excellent book and film.

I can't think of any reason not to use it apart from my original 'goves a twat ' comment

CharlesRyder Sun 25-May-14 09:42:11

One of Gove's primary motivation seems to be that no child actually enjoys their education.

How can it be good for you if you are having a good time?

meditrina Sun 25-May-14 09:43:40

He's not writing off all non-Uk literature - the bit of the article I can see says a quarter will be non-UK.

Are all exam boards in step on this?

And is there a non-paywall version of the list? I am assuming that the books on it will be suitable, and that not every suitable/enjoyable book will feature all the time.

MrsKCastle Sun 25-May-14 09:44:00

Bloody hell. To Kill a Mockingbird is excellent, thought-provoking and a perfect text for GCSE.

Is there a link to the new list somewhere?

MuttonCadet Sun 25-May-14 09:44:34

I loved to kill a mockingbird, it's a great book.

PaulinesPen Sun 25-May-14 09:44:35

'Of Mice and Men, which Michael Gove really dislikes' I'm sure Steinbeck would have been terribly upset about thathmm


TheOneWithTheHair Sun 25-May-14 09:45:51

This is just absurd!

How can someone who's supposed to give a shit about children's education restrict it in such a way.

Can he even do this? I know he's in charge of education but does he really get to dictate the syllabus? What utter madness!

CMP69 Sun 25-May-14 09:46:36

He's a fuckwit! Simples angry

CalamitouslyWrong Sun 25-May-14 09:46:44

This is yet another example of why Gove is a total nightmare who has absolutely no idea about educating children but loads of power to fuck about as he sees fit.

What possible rationale could there be for only studying British texts (other than some dreadful glory days of when Britain ruled the world attitude, which Gove seems to have in spades, of course)?

He seems to be the Kim Jong-Il of Education.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 25-May-14 09:48:18

He's a dick brain, total fucking dick brain.

Why on earth is he allowed to make low level decisions like this. Surely his job should involve policy decisions and budgets. Leave the teaching decisions to the teachers.

TheSarcasticFringehead Sun 25-May-14 09:49:23

Twat angry Also, I quite enjoyed Of Mice and Men, it's quite a short book.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 25-May-14 09:50:13

How can he do this just because he dislikes a book. Its crazy. I liked Of Mice And Men and To Kill a Mockingbird is the best book ever.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 25-May-14 09:50:51

Next thing Jeremy Hunt will be saying he's scared of swimming so he's banning pool births.

weatherall Sun 25-May-14 09:51:33

To kill a mockingbird is dangerous and shouldn't be taught in schools.

It perpetuates a rape myth "women lie about rape".

This endangers all our daughters as it contributes to the culture where only a tiny % of rapists get convicted.

Juries, police, prosecutors and the public believe that it is easy and common for women to lie about rape, as is shown in this book and film.

This cultural belief is so ingrained no one even noticed the powerful and dangerous message in this book.

CalamitouslyWrong Sun 25-May-14 09:51:42

That's exactly the kind of logic that seems to drive education policy in England, viva. It's terrifying.

PaulinesPen Sun 25-May-14 09:52:14

grin@Saga. Maybe all schoolkids will be told to have his hairstyle too.

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