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10 May '13

News Give us the Mr Men version of history | Open thread

Michael Gove doesn't seem to think Roger Hargreaves' characters make good teaching aids. Can you prove him wrong?

In a speech on Thursday, Michael Gove criticised the use of Mr Men characters as teaching aids. Objecting to Mr Silly, Mr Cool, Mr Mischief and their mates being used to tell the story of Nazism, he told the Brighton College education conference:

"I may be unfamiliar with all of Roger Hargreaves' work [the author of the Mr Men series], but I am not sure he ever got round to producing Mr Antisemitic Dictator, Mr Junker General or Mr Dutch Communist Scapegoat.
"But I am familiar with the superb historical account Richard J Evans gives of the rise, rule and ruin of the Third Reich and I cannot believe he could possibly be happy with reducing the history of Germany's darkest years to a falling out between Mr Tickle and Mr Topsy-Turvy."

Are you tempted to undermine Gove's anti-Hargreaves agenda by making further comparisons between the Mr Men/Little Miss characters and historical figures? Could Little Miss Fickle be cast as the Norwegian Vidkun Quisling? Can Napoleon Bonaparte be likened to Mr Small and Florence Nightingale to Little Miss Nice? Share your ideas below.


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