UK education revamp leaves US authors on the shelf

LONDON (AP) — Britain's education minister says he has not killed a mockingbird, but many literature-lovers don't believe him.

Michael Gove has outraged some readers and academics with his campaign to put the basics — and Britishness — back into schools.

American favorites including John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" are off the syllabus under changes to a major high school English qualification.

Gove insists he has not banned any books, merely set out a minimum core curriculum that includes modern authors from the British Isles.

But the booklists unveiled by exam boards — the most recent on Friday — are almost exclusively British.

Oxford University professor John Carey said "the idea of cutting out American books because they are not British is crazy."

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