Readers respond to articles on the study of literature and the changing nature of language
I read your editorial on the study of English language and literature (27 June) with astonished disbelief that anyone, let alone a major newspaper (I should have known better, of course) would at last grasp the nettle so succinctly. It is brilliant.
Since 1990, governments (and not just Michael Gove) have been determined to take over the interpretation of English teaching from teachers, thereby weakening the professional experience and voice of those teachers. As you say, “the instrumentalisation of education” has provided a model suitable for testing and measuring children, to use two Dickensian terms.