25 May '14

News To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men axed as Gove orders more Brit lit

New English literature GCSE ditches American classics for pre-20th century British authors such as Dickens and Austen John Sutherland: 10 American writers every teen should readAcademics and writers have reacted angrily to plans to drop classic American novels including To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men from the GCSE curriculum as a result of the insistence by the education secretary, Michael Gove, on students studying more British literature.The new English literature GCSE syllabus to be published this week by OCR, one of the biggest UK exam boards, will leave out Harper Lee's Pulitzer-prizewinning 1960 novel of racism in the American south. John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, and Arthur Miller's play The Crucible in which the Salem witch-hunts serve as a metaphor for McCarthyite anti-communist zealotry will also disappear from the list, according to the Sunday Times. Another exam board, Edexcel, is expected to follow suit. Continue reading...

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