Poetry Appreciation Is Dwindling Due to Uninspired Teaching
Classic poems are in danger of disappearing from school English lessons as poorly trained teachers rely too heavily on "lightweight" verse, Ofsted warned yesterday.
Secondary school English lessons were dominated by the need to prepare pupils for exams, leading to "dull" classes that bored teenagers or poetry being abandoned completely.
And many primary teachers did not know enough about poetry and focused on a narrow range of relatively easy works by modern writers, the report found.
The report, Poetry in Schools, urged teachers to make sure they allow children to study a wider range of poems from classic writers and other cultures.
"Many teachers, especially in the primary schools, did not know enough about poetry," the inspectors said.
"This sometimes led to poor quality marking and a uniformity in practice, where the same few poems were studied across most schools.
Many of them were relatively lightweight."
In primary schools, the most commonly taught poems included Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky, Spike Milligan's On the Ning, Nang, Nong, and The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. …