Sunday, October 06, 2013

Know Your Enemy

"It's not only incredibly patronising, but also viciously racist to think that black and brown kids in the inner cities will only 'get Shakespeare' if it's set to a hip-hop beat and presented in three-minute, MTV-Base-style chunks. It is positively evil to deny inner city kids access to the manifold joys of hearing their national poet's true voice, in essence their birthright, simply because of a culture of low expectations."

Lindsay Johns, speaking at the Tory party conference. Given his broadside against teachers, teaching methods and PC attitudes in education, the man who invited him to speak, Michael Gove, will have been clapping like a seal.

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