Sigh is all I really felt when reading this news story on the BBC. It details plans by Michael Gove, our Education Secretary, to provide Primary Schools with an approved list of authors and books that children must study. This article in The Guardian gives arguments against the plan and it is this quote that really sums it up for me,
“The current children’s laureate, Anthony Browne, said then: “It’s always good to hear that the importance of children’s reading is recognised – but rather than setting an arbitrary number of books that children ought to read, I feel it’s the quality of children’s reading experiences that really matter. Pleasure, engagement and enjoyment of books is what counts – not simply meeting targets.””
I know that there is a lot of debate being generated on Twitter at the moment with many people dismayed at this news. What is your opinion of Gove and his list? If you have any blog posts or articles that you wish you me to add to this blog post please feel free to leave a comment.
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