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To Kill a Mockingbird and Mice and Men axed as Gove orders more Brit lit | Education | theguardian.com
Academics and writers have reacted angrily to news that classic American novels including To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men are set to be dropped from the GCSE curriculum because of the insistence by the education secretary, Michael Gove, on students studying more British literature.
The new English literature GCSE syllabus to be published this week by OCR, one of the biggest UK exam boards, will drop Harper Lee‘s Pulitzer-prizewinning 1960 novel of racism in the American south. John Steinbeck‘s Of Mice and Men, and Arthur Miller‘s play The Crucible – in which the Salem witch-hunts serve as a metaphor for McCarthyite anti-communist zealotry – will also disappear from the list, according to the Sunday Times. Another exam board, Edexcel, is expected to follow suit.
OCR attributed the change directly to the education secretary. “Of Mice and Men, which Michael Gove really dislikes, will not be included. It was studied by 90% of teenagers taking English literature GCSE in the past. Michael Gove said that was a really disappointing statistic,” it said.