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29 May '14

News AQA set texts for English GCSE plumbs new depths of cultural incoherence | Robert McCrum

AQA boss Andrew Hall says 'we can't please everyone' - but he might have done some basic homework before sitting the examEven in an age in which, as Hollywood has it, no one knows anything, the AQA list of set texts for English GCSE plumbs new depths of cultural incoherence. Rarely have the words of Alexander Pope a writer who must be a stranger to this board been better illustrated: "A little learning is a dangerous thing." Striving for educational relevance, AQA has dived into the shallow end, and sustained severe concussion.Where to start? With a Conservative-led coalition running scared of Ukip, perhaps it was inevitable that this should be a Little England list in which Meera Syal and Kazuo Ishiguro stand as the sole representatives of a rich, multi-cultural alternative. Continue reading...

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