8 December 2007

Poems disappearing from classrooms ...

Classic poems are in danger of disappearing from the classroom as poorly trained teachers rely on "lightweight" verse; few primary school children know William Wordsworth's Daffodils and teachers increasingly concentrate on nonsense and humorous poems or those that are easy for children to imitate, according to a report in the UK. from Ofsted.

In the report, inspectors warn that "too few" poems are "genuinely challenging" as teachers shun the classics from English and other cultures.

Only a "very small minority of schools" use poems such as Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner or Browning's The Pied Piper of Hamelin ... More in the UK's Daily Telegraph

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