Tuesday, June 12, 2012

News at Eleven: I'm also worried that by poetry,

what the government might really mean is "poetry", or POETRY--that is, grist for the spoken English competition, in which students at my school were expected to stand on a stage and chew their way through The Lady of Shalott in a feigned and foreign RP accent.

If those are the values being pursued, and if in Michael Gove's master plan English literature is actually a byword for Englishness, or learning "by heart" might actually mean learning by rote, then I'd prefer poetry to have no part in it.

from The Guardian: Poetry should be subversive
then Manchester Evening News: Will kids be better or worse from learning a verse?


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