John Greenlees

This crushing of creativity would give Dylan the blues

In too many cases, pupils are deterred from researching topics that actually interest them – and this is stifling freedom of expression, writes one teacher

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While studying Higher English, I had to write a critical essay – as pupils are still required to do to this day – on a novel, short story, poem or play. I asked if I could write about the lyrics of a Bob Dylan song, but I was told that this was hardly a work of literature and that I should “stick with Shakespeare”. Well, the poet Bob Dylan was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Where are our former teachers when we want to reminisce?

Assignments and folio works dominate our National and Higher courses. One of the benefits on offer, to compensate for the considerable workload that ...

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