Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Michael Gove is Not "Killing A Mockingbird"

Atticus Finch is one of the reasons I became a Lawyer. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic in so many ways - a portrait of the race struggle, of childhood, of justice denied, and of the courage of your convictions. I have read it many times. It is an old friend.
But of all the made up stories to have a pop at the Education Secretary, this "story" of Michael Gove banning the book is one of the worst. It is surprising that nearly 70 per cent of children sitting the AQA English literature GCSE should be taught the same novel. And even more remarkable that this should sometimes be the only novel they have to read for their GCSE. Michael Gove has not banned the teaching of To Kill A Mockingbird or Of Mice and Men. Nor has he suggested the English literature GCSE begin with Shakespeare and end with Dickens. What he is doing is broadening the curriculum. I think this is a good thing. But I will let Michael explain the reality himself in the article he wrote in yesterdays Telegraph: