Letter: Rights and wrongs of teaching standard English

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Sir: So 11- to 14-year-olds are to be recommended to read Under Milk Wood - presumably as part of the Government's attempts to instil correct moral values (not to mention standard English) into our young, who might just find the nymphomaniac heroine Polly or the many male habitual drunkards and lechers attractive as role models.

However, we trust that all students of this edifying work will appreciate where the play takes place. Dylan Thomas jokingly set it in Llareggub. Spelt backwards, it would appear to sum up John Patten's true knowledge of educational matters.

Yours faithfully,



London, N10

18 April