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Don’t Blame Boo Radley

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Bill Boyd - The Literacy Adviser

To Kill a Mockingbird. Other great books are available. To Kill a Mockingbird. Other great books are available.

To Kill a Mockingbirdis a great book. It is one of many great books, and it happens to be written by an American. It is one of many great books written in the English language, and it happens to be written by an American, and it happens to be written by a woman. You see, great books are written in many languages, by writers male and female, of many nationalities. One of the key roles of teachers is to introduce young people to great books, at the appropriate times, and in accordance with their developing love of reading and awareness of the world. By now, I hope, you are all nodding in agreement.

So when an English Education Secretary says that young people are not reading enough, that they are not reading difficult enough books, and that he wants to…

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