Helena gives boys a nightmare;Letter

22nd May 1998 at 01:00
One of the current major educational concerns is the under-performance of boys and their apparent alienation from academic studies.

It therefore beggars belief that 13 to 14-year-old boys in this year's key stage 3 tests were required to imagine that they were Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Boys at our mixed 11-16 comprehensive have a good record in English, but, as one of them succinctly put it, "Why didn't they let us choose to be either Helena or Lysander?" I couldn't agree more. It would be interesting to hear the comments of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

RM Rowlands, St Augustine of Canterbury RC high school Blackbrook, St Helens.

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