30 May '14

News Young people need a world of books | @guardianletters

I can't help but be reminded of Orwellian doublethink when reading of Michael Gove's insistence that he has "not banned anything" from the new GCSE English literature specifications yet there is clearly less scope for the study of modern/contemporary texts in the new syllabuses (Gove hits back in English GCSE syllabus row, 27 May). As a head of English, I find the new guidelines rather worrying. Of course, Shakespeare and the Romantic poets have their place and are worthy of study, but who is to say that contemporary and international writers are not? Continue reading...

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