DDs teacher giving serious misinformation WWYD?

(343 Posts)
phantomnamechanger Thu 09-Jan-14 20:51:31

How to deal with this please......

DD has recently got a new English teacher. They are reading Pride & Prejudice (just started). Today in the lesson, the teacher has on several occasions referred to it being set in "the Victorian era"
that's a massive error to make, right? how do we point this out? DD was like hmm when she told me, but there will be other kids who believe the teacher and for whom that will stick.
DD did not want to correct the teacher for fear of being reprimanded/thought rude.
WWYD?

phantomnamechanger Thu 09-Jan-14 20:53:19

DD is 14, yr 9 BTW

Oh dear. That is a massive error indeed. Ouch! Think it will need to be a matter for the Head of Department tbh. Points to a serious lack of subject knowledge.

hoboken Thu 09-Jan-14 20:54:06

Send an anonymous letter to the teacher correcting her.

Shoozies Thu 09-Jan-14 20:55:05

Yep, definitely share this with the head so she can have a subtle word with the teacher. Embarrassing!

blink87 Thu 09-Jan-14 20:55:46

There should be no shame in correcting gross misinformation, just as you are taught at school to not fear asking questions. this is definitely something other's would believe and a correction should be made.
If your Dd is reprimanded then take it further, but I'm shocked at how incorrect this information is hmm

ClaudiusGalen Thu 09-Jan-14 20:57:10

You need to speak to the HOD. If you go to the head, it will just get passed on to the HOD anyway. I'm a HOD, I spend a lot of time dealing with stuff like this, don't worry, just inform them.

TheseAreTheJokesFolks Thu 09-Jan-14 20:57:17

If it is for SATS then she needs to know.
fwiw I didn't know it was regency era either and have an A in english lit A-level...d'oh...tis what GCSE Passnotes are for wink

mythbustinggov Thu 09-Jan-14 20:57:22

Email the head of faculty and copy headmaster and complain. Anything else will get ignored.

RevoltingPeasant Thu 09-Jan-14 20:57:32

Eeeek. That is not good.... But did the teacher definitely say that? Doesn't sound like something someone with an English degree would say!! Can you check before you go in blazing?

Wabbitty Thu 09-Jan-14 20:58:17

reminds me of when we were visiting the Jane Austen centre and the curator said that Janes brother, the one in the Navy, was a great favourite of Napolean. I got a sharp elbow in the ribs when I muttered he must have been a shit sailor then.

Inertia Thu 09-Jan-14 20:59:26

I think the best thing might be for your daughter to go to the teacher before the next lesson and explain that she was confused over the timing and did some extra research, and show the teacher the actual dates of the Victorian era and the setting of the book. This will avoid it looking as though DD is trying to be rude or show off, it gives the teacher the opportunity to correct the mistake, and it shows that DD is taking an interest.

phantomnamechanger Thu 09-Jan-14 20:59:26

it was not a one off or a slip of the tongue. she kept on referencing stuff in the text and going off at a tangent explaining "because that's what things were like in Victorian times".

I don't want to be blacklisted by her as one of those parents but this really needs saying doesn't it.

Are you on here Mrs H? Save me and DD the embarrassment of telling you?

RevoltingPeasant Thu 09-Jan-14 21:00:41

Wabbitty I took my students to a National Trust property last year where the guide knowledgeably told them Austen was one of the first professional women writers. My students gave me many knowing looks!

ClaudiusGalen Thu 09-Jan-14 21:00:44

I'd be more worried that an explanation as crap as 'because that's what things were like in Victorian times' was being offered, tbh.

Inertia Thu 09-Jan-14 21:00:56

Oh sorry, I've misunderstood, didn't realise that it was a question about whether to report the teacher.

Coldlightofday Thu 09-Jan-14 21:00:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

harticus Thu 09-Jan-14 21:01:25

Why doesn't your daughter just stick her hand up and tell the teacher she's wrong?

Hassled Thu 09-Jan-14 21:01:34

Email the teacher? You're right, it's a fairly massive error - and there's historical significance too; Wickham and his Militia was very much of the period (distrust of standing armies) and the Napoleonic Wars are going on in the background, hence the groups of soldiers stationed around the country. So it matters, absolutely.

Coldlightofday Thu 09-Jan-14 21:02:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ubik1 Thu 09-Jan-14 21:03:22

Just get your daughter to say to teacher ' I thought it was Georgian era...'

JodieGarberJacob Thu 09-Jan-14 21:04:39

P &P was written in 1813 iirc so it's Georgian. Regency is later.

BonesAndSkully Thu 09-Jan-14 21:05:42

whats probably caused the confusion is P&P is billed as being 'regency era' which does cover both the georgian and early victorian era.

However, the book was set at the beginning of the 19th century and is quite definitely Georgian!

ClaudiusGalen Thu 09-Jan-14 21:06:07

The formal Regency began in 1811.

BonesAndSkully Thu 09-Jan-14 21:07:31

The Regency era extends outside of George IVs regency over George III and actually extends from 1795 through to 1837 when Victoria took the throne.

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