This weekend we’ve seen yet more covert meddling in education from politicians. You’d think we would be used to this by now!
The examination board OCR announced that they will be dropping American books and plays from their GCSE English Literature syllabus in accordance with the wishes of the Secretary of State, Michael Gove. There’s an expectation that the other examination boards will follow suit.
Read these extracts for more detail.
Currently the English Literature syllabus states that post-1900 literature studied must be British, but that pre-1900s can be from other countries as long as it was originally written in English.
Students should study a range of high quality, intellectually challenging, and substantial whole texts in detail. These must include:
- at least one play by Shakespeare
- at least one 19th century novel
- a selection of poetry since 1789, including representative Romantic poetry
- fiction or drama from…
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