Dickens: ‘Too hard’ for you?

The Schools minister, Nick Gibb, thinks that you all (yes, you too, year 7) should have read a Dickens novel by the age of 11. (I wonder if he counts ‘A Christmas Carol’…)

Claire Tomalin, however, who wrote Charles Dickens: A Life, thinks your attention spans are all too short, because of those ‘dreadful TV programmes’ you watch.

Every pupil should read Dickens

What do you think? Is watching ‘Take Me Out’ every Saturday weakening your academic capabilities? Could you manage ‘Our Mutual Friend’ this half term, or are you too busy watching ‘Home and Away’?

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