BBC News – Left Unity protest reads US books at Michael Gove’s department

DfE protestProtesters sat down on the ground and skim extracts from US books and performs unnoticed of the brand new GCSE curriculum

Protesters, studying out loud from American books, have staged a brief demonstration at the Department for Education (DfE) in central London.

The group, a part of newly-shaped Left Unity, learn excerpts from Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Crucible.

Earlier this week, two examination boards introduced their GCSE set texts wouldn’t embrace any American literature.

The DfE confirmed the group have been there however stated they left after half an hour.

The curriculum bulletins by examination boards AQA and OCR sparked protests and on-line petitions.

‘Narrow’ educating

OCR stated it had left the US texts out of its new curriculum for GCSEs in England due to new tips from Michael Gove.

The schooling secretary later rejected claims he had “banned” authors resembling John Steinbeck and Arthur Miller.

A assertion on Left Unity’s web site stated the sit-down was towards “a extra slender educating agenda in our faculties”.

The 12-robust group posted footage on Twitter of themselves within the DfE ready room.

The plans additionally sparked debate at the Hay Festival.

Michael Morpurgo, former youngsters’s laureate and writer of War Horse, advised BBC Wales there was sure to be resistance “in the event you insist on imposing books on academics after which youngsters”.

“I would develop up with individuals saying: ‘You should learn this, it is like drugs; take it, it will make you higher.’ It fairly often does not.

“I want to see a lot extra within the arms of the instructor and the mother and father.

“If a instructor loves a e-book and passes that love on to the kid, they will catch hearth with the love of that ebook S:eleven pm – Source:

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