Michael Rosen condemns UK education system’s ‘fear of laughter’

In an “oppressive” education system, children need the release of humour to make the world less frightening, according to the former children’s laureate Michael Rosen.

Revealing the winners of the Laugh Out Loud awards, which celebrate the year’s funniest children’s books, Rosen said that when he is performing his comic poems such as Chocolate Cake and No Breathing in Class, children “will look at their teachers, as if to say, ‘Are we allowed to laugh. Is it permitted?’

“Of course we want kids to learn and be serious, but there is too much of it, and humour offers a break,” said Rosen. “That’s not teacher-knocking; teachers are welcoming writers like me into schools. But the education system is overloaded with ‘knowledge’ and testing. Children find it oppressive.” Read more.

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