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What the Dickens?

Teachers defy list of untouchable authors | Uk News | News | Telegraph

Teachers are threatening to defy Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, over his list of "untouchable" authors.

They say Charles Dickens and George Eliot are too difficult for many pupils aged 11 to 14 and could put them off great writers for life.

The National Association for the Teaching of English called Mr Johnson a "bird brain" yesterday. The English Association questioned if he had read the books he was forcing on pupils.

Mr Johnson has insisted that in the first three years of secondary education pupils read classic authors. But Ian McNeilly, the director of Nate, accused the Education Secretary of trying to win favour with "Middle England".

"The guy's a bird brain," he said. "Forcing children to study texts that are inappropriate puts them off the text, the author and the subject."

Yeh matez Yoo gotta bring da issue to da street, respect.

I would have thought that Dickens is a good example of a classic author who describes "working class" life and struggles which aren't too hard to relate to.
An example of not teaching "hard English" was posted as a comment yesterday on my Chav article, make of it what you will....

Yeh matez Whats tha big deal bout all these chavs! There is nuttin' wrong wid a chav! it'z probz cause you cant fit in wid them. Now it 2007 yeh get with it! this is da furure! Yeh hopefully not cuz da dimwitted chavs in gnna be able to stop shit such az globel warmin n they wnt hav a gud enuf head for da amount of gud jobz needed but just remeber yo alwayz got da geekz 4 tht! Chavs no how to hav fun they go for all da good brandz n dont just shop in primark lyk sum yoo cheapo'z. Most of em wuld neva even think of frownin' at n old personz but da chavz tht do steal old ladiez handbagz n shit giv chavz a bad name! Yo snobberz people onli reed lyk posh newspaperz so you only read bout majour incidentz wid chavz lyk them murderin people n stuff. But if you got issuez wid em n dnt wnneh start a nust up on da street yoo gotta no how to respect em they'll respect yoo. They aint all tht solid but thy aint all tht week. Mst of em can knock yoo down wid 1 chunk! yoo dont hav to talk all chavvy n wear all chavvy clothz to get on wid a chav. yoo gotta giv em chav respect. heck i no sum gothz tht get on well wid chavs (freakz init) but it good work! Stopz alotta fytz! Some of you probably got sworn at by a chav n tried talkin 2 one n got rejected. yoo gotta hit on em at da right time m8. Hope yoo muvaz get too get chilled wid da chavz soon cuz you all talkin bout em hear behind there bakz. no chav will waste time readin this unless they wnna no wot yo'll think. Yoo gotta bring da issue to da street. Letem no how yoo offend em nd they let u no how u offend em. for now keep it peaced and i dont giv a shiterz wot yoo fink of how i talk or type of swear itz now everyday think so keep up yo sooo last decade! peace im out just memba to respect yeh!

Comments

Apart from Tale of Two Cities, Dickens really is tosh. As for GE, I read her stuff with pleasure in my 20s, but when I tried again in my 40s, couldn't get on with it. Really, those with the intellectual equipment should do Chaucer, Shakespeare, Burns and Austen.

Apart from Tale of Two Cities, Dickens really is tosh. As for GE, I read her stuff with pleasure in my 20s, but when I tried again in my 40s, couldn't get on with it. Really, those with the intellectual equipment should do Chaucer, Shakespeare, Burns and Austen.

I found "A Tale of Two Cities" to be rather dreary and dull. By contrast, Mr. Pickwick's antics had me rolling around on the floor.

I'll happily support the other authors you mention. It is a particular tragedy that so many people die without having read any of Shakespeare's sonnets.

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