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Education secretary Michael Gove faces backlash after exam board ditches To Kill a Mockingbird and other American classics from GCSE syllabus

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 27, 2014

Education secretary Michael Gove faces backlash after exam board ditches To Kill a Mockingbird and other American classics from GCSE syllabus
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American classics loved by generations will be dropped from the English literature GCSE curriculum under plans outlined by an exam board.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men are among the works being ditched by the OCR board.

It said it had taken the decision because of the Education Secretary’s wish for the exam to be ‘more focused on tradition’ and because there were fewer opportunities to include other books on the new British-dominated syllabus.

but the move caused huge controversy with many people signing online petitions to keep these books on the list.

The Department for Education said its document about content in December, ‘doesn’t ban any authors, books or genres’.

The new GCSE course will have at least one play by Shakespeare, a minimum of one 19th century novel, poetry including Romantic poetry and ‘fiction or drama from the British Isles from 1914 onwards’.

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  • Tree1974  |  May 27 2014, 3:26PM

    Can't help but think this decision has been made because both 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' and 'Of Mice And Men' encourage freedom of thought and could be considered politically loaded. It is very clear that the government does not want the majority thinking for themselves and their desire to breed a generation of yes-men who don't question the government is evident in the school curriculum.

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  • Justica  |  May 27 2014, 8:27AM

    What a pity 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is a wonderful thought provoking book that can only benefit the reader. I do hope children still read it.

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