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Comparing Newspaper Texts

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Comparing Newspaper Texts "Its wrong to give the under 12's homework" is the strong statement used as a title in text A. It is used as a metaphor to tap into our morals and set us immediatly into the train of thought of the article. Text B, on the other hand has a title of no great imagery effects, it mearly tells us that "Blunkett sets targets for daily homework", plain and simple, as if it was an obvious plus factor and needs no backing up. Text A is a tabloid, and so would naturally contain converse anithesis to that of the broadsheet; text B. The first paragraphs are of the deepest contrast too, in terms of view and expression. The tabloid A states the idea of compulsory homework for under twelves is "condemned in a report by education experts out today." ...read more.


Some might think the writer was snobby, feeling those who buy their education have automatically got the best way of doing it. But in the whole article only 3 paragraphs are not quotes of Mr Blunkett so any blame can go directly to him. This offers the reader a wider freeedom of opinion as they can take what analasis they want of his words and choose whether or not they want to agree with his views. The tabloid has no direct references to Mr Blunkett, but only a spokesman for him. It doesn't have as many quote, and the ones that it does have are not the strongest of evidence. Dr Cowan staes that "Too much work can cause mental fatigue for youngsters" which again uses language to arrouse our sympathy for the children. (note the pet-word youngsters) ...read more.


Or they could be saying that the homework is not done properly by the children because they have not had enough time to get it explained for them. The Incorporated Association of Prep Schools are said to have praised the governments intentions about homework according to text B but they said homework was more about "quality not quantity". The general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters said "homework is an important part of the learning process but how much and when should be a metter of professional judgement." The journalist for this article put these particular quotes in to back up Mr Blunkett. He looks like he cas covered all the "buts" in the speeches and so looks like he has got it all sussed. The last paragraph is put in to up his appearance even more, as he is refered to as "not a miserable man" but wanting children to enjoy homework for all the best reasons. Angela Teggart. ...read more.

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