Should exam boards be allowed to use poems about death in exams?Watch
So the poems in the unseen poetry comparison for WJEC were about memories and death... it's quite an easy theme to write about but should the exam boards use it as it's probably quite unsettling for students that have lost parents, grandparents or friends? What's the general opinion?
Censoring these questions would be the equivalent of stopping 'love' questions for those who had been in a bad relationship... obviously not an option!
2.) For coursework, I had a book that dealt with depression and suicide as key themes, and that really upset my friend (who has clinical depression) but I think that everything is going to upset somebody, and I'd rather there just be means for people who are offended or triggered by the English material to have other options in extreme cases, than to just ban the books altogether. We need to talk about these things, it makes us more educated about the issues in the world and how to communicate ideas about them.
3.) Carol Ann Duffy's poem 'education for leisure' is about knife crime, and one teacher complained to the board and had it removed from the GCSE spec. But that's counterintuitive - the best way to stop knife crime is to be educated on it and its causes and repercussions.