Opinion: Diversifying the curriculum will only improve educational equality if we change our value systems of literary work.
From Shakespeare to Lord Alfred Tennyson, to Carol Ann Duffy. Our English literature curriculum is filled with revered authors who have produced seminal pieces that have shaped our way of thinking and blossomed new pioneering literature. Year after year students in the UK engage with poems such as La Belle Dams Sans Merci, grapple with the tragic hamartia of Macbeth and Othello and explore the post-modernist literature of Havisham, and War Photographer. Yet as the famous poet Benjamin Zephaniah stated, “a change is needed in the curriculum to truly represent an authentic Britain.”