Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Are the children's classics in danger of becoming obsolete?

Reading a disturbing article at:http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/opinion/Laura-Cummings-Are-the-childrens.5996732.jp

One in six primary school pupils think Fagin – famously brought to cinematic life by Ron Moody in the 1968 musical Oliver! – was a footballer who played for Manchester United.

Moby Dick? Well, he was a pop star or explorer, according to eighty per cent of eight to ten-year-olds.

And one in ten think Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea is Simon Cowell's autobiography.

We need our schools to encourage each generation to engage timeless literature and according to recent research, they are failing :-(