Monday, April 02, 2007

This Would Never Happen in the U.S.

Schools refuse gifts of 'boring' classics | News | This is London

Dozens of schools have rejected gifts of free classic books because today's pupils find them too 'difficult' to read, it has emerged.

Around 50 schools have refused to stock literary works by the likes of Jane Austen, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens after admitting that youngsters also find them boring.

The worrying figures were released by the Millennium Library Trust, which donates sets of up to 300 books to schools across the country.

David Campbell, who runs the Trust, also revealed that a further 50 schools had sent back the gifts as they were on the verge of closing down and another 40 said they had no library to store the books.

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Benjie said...

Has the Trust looked into acquiring and donating copies of the movie versions of these works to the schools? Certainly the youngsters wouldn't find them boring? Have you seen the Gwynneth Paltrow version of Great Expectations?

Unknown said...

I was afraid it would be like seeing Eminem play Paladin.

Brent McKee said...

Well not quite but only because Paltrow looks better naked.