Sunday, May 25, 2014

Gove vs English Literature

Michael Gove has banned To Kill a Mockingbird and other American books from the English Literature syllabus. The question is not just whether he should or not. The question is whether somebody who obviously knows nothing about English Literature should be taking such decisions :)

Gove notoriously puts his fingers in his ears and goes "Yadda Yadda Yadda" (like the grown-up he is) whenever educational theory is mentioned. He has squandered billions on the Free Schools fiasco while our schools are starved of cash. And he is set fair to be the next leader of the Tory Party because every time he offends teachers and education workers his ratings with the Tory Backwoodsmen skyrockets.

The NUT "Stand up for Education" campaign is the answer to Gove's Philistinism :)

1 comment:

Steve Wallis said...

There are actually some things Gove knows about English literature.

I noticed that George Orwell's literature is allowed - but not Nineteen Eighty-Four which could provoke discussions around how much Edward Snowden's revelations about PRISM are leading towards total surveillance (world fascism but with computers replacing the human spies in a Marxist analysis of fascism) - see my blog post about Osborne's outrageous use of Alan Turing's name in a proposed "big data" and algorithms research institute.

Also, Orwell's Homage to Catalonia is not allowed, opposing fascism in Spain.

No, surprise surprise (NOT), Animal Farm is promoted, as a way of undermining so-called "Communism". It'd be interesting to know what proportion of school students discussing it are aware that the hero Snowball was based on Leon Trotsky...