Head defends studying The Simpsons
A head teacher has defended his school's decision to teach US cartoon series The Simpsons to 12-year-old pupils as part of their media studies course after 400 people signed a petition against it.
Parent John Reynolds complained to governors at Kingsmead Community School in Wiveliscombe, Somerset, that six weeks of the cartoon was a waste of time.
He urged the school to bring in high brow texts for his daughter and her classmates and has so far collected about 400 signatures from within the local community supporting his view.
Head teacher Geoff Tinker said: "The governors have looked into this in great detail and rejected Mr Reynolds' claim - a decision I completely endorse.
"We are one of several schools in Somerset who use The Simpsons as part of Key Stage 3 media projects.
"We live in a media-rich society and it's important our students are critical readers of complex media texts, such as this, which includes satire and humour.
"Our English results are excellent and I have no qualms about using this subject matter at all."