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Learning about Jack the Ripper in year 8

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Lottielou272 Thu 15-Sep-16 15:23:59

My dd is learning about this in history at the moment. They are looking at graphic photos of the mutilated bodies etc and she seems a bit disturbed by the details.

I suppose there must be a reason why this is on the curriculum but I'm wondering how many schools are doing this? The school is very good generally and I don't have any other concerns.

george1020 Thu 15-Sep-16 15:28:52

New government initiative, Weed out the psychos early?

icouldabeenacontender Thu 15-Sep-16 15:34:16

Is this really on the curriculum?
It doesn't seem appropriate and I'm not surprised she's a bit disturbed.

FurryGiraffe Thu 15-Sep-16 15:36:50

I learned about Jack the Ripper in history in Y9. That was in 1995. Nobody suffered long term psychological effects as far as I'm aware...

NKFell Thu 15-Sep-16 15:40:48

I think as adults we think it seems young but, we did Jack the Ripper in Y8 and in Y9 Greek Medicine- including sawing off legs with graphic illustrations.

I can confirm I too found it disturbing but I'm alright now, I just live in a cupboard where I feel safe grin Nahh, it was alright. You can learn about everything horrible in the world in one go when you're 18!

AgnesNitt1976 Thu 15-Sep-16 15:41:19

My DD (14) learnt about Jack the Ripper about the same age and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I did not find the subject material unsuitable for her age group. The photographs were not in colour and they looked less gratuitous then 12a rated films.

If you have concerns then I would speak to the school and child about it

FrancisCrawford Thu 15-Sep-16 15:43:22

Are you sure they are photos, rather than drawings?

It does sound strange to concentrate on this topic. As for the graphic nature, I'm guessing she will have previously learnt about the slave trade or the Holocaust? Sometimes an image is the most powerful way of conveying the full horror of what has happened.

I was younger than your DD when the Black Panther and the Yorkshire Ripper were in the news - you could not help knowing the details of their crimes as they were all over the news, both tv and newspaper

originalmavis Thu 15-Sep-16 15:44:48

what are they learning - social history? I loved that type of gore as a child. It just makes me sad now that those poor women were just targeted just to satisfy some sick mans urges.

atticusclaw2 Thu 15-Sep-16 15:45:20

Some of the photos are graphic although they're very grainy. I wouldn't be best pleased tbh regarding the photos (although I don't think the topic as a whole is an issue). However I'm particularly inclined to be annoyed at this sort of thing. I'm not too impressed that DS1 (just started year 7 and young for his age) came home yesterday having read the boy in the striped pyjamas.

ApocalypseSlough Thu 15-Sep-16 15:47:56

I'd not be pleased. I think it's distasteful and fetishising violence against women. There's nothing to be learnt from true crime that can't be learnt from other sources.

x2boys Thu 15-Sep-16 15:50:36

i went to a catholic school so learned about jesus being nailed to the cross etc from a very early age.

originalmavis Thu 15-Sep-16 15:51:25

Atticus - that book had me gulping. DS was fine though. He read it in y6.

JudyCoolibar Thu 15-Sep-16 15:51:41

Black and white photos taken in the 19th century really won't be that graphic.

kali110 Thu 15-Sep-16 15:51:45

i feally don't see the problem. I'm in my 30'S and remember learning about all this stuff at this age.
I still remember all the pictures from my books when i first read about the wars.

acasualobserver Thu 15-Sep-16 15:52:02

I would like to be there for the lesson when they do role play.

Topseyt Thu 15-Sep-16 15:55:37

I wouldn't have a problem with it. It happened. No point in saying otherwise. It shouldn't be forgotten.

Year 8 means 12 - 13 year olds. I never shrouded mine in cotton wool.They have to live in the real world.

Yorkieheaven Thu 15-Sep-16 15:56:26

acasual grin

I don't think it's necessary to learn about fetish violence towards women either.

I would go with 'he was a evil mysogynistic cowardly bastard so why dignify his vileness with discussing it'

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 15-Sep-16 16:00:26

We learned about the Yorkshire Ripper when I was 8,he was still very much at large, absolutely terrified me. Fuck knows what our teacher was thinking telling us that at story timeshock

Ds had enough problems with The Diary of Anne Frank at 8 let alone Jack the Ripper!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 15-Sep-16 16:01:26

Oh YEAR 8,i thought you meant aged 8!

SecretPeanut Thu 15-Sep-16 16:01:26

I did Jack the Ripper in Junior School and was chopping heads off dead frogs in year 7 biology class. I was interesting not disturbing.

SecretPeanut Thu 15-Sep-16 16:02:00

*It was interesting

balletcats Thu 15-Sep-16 16:02:08

Blimey, I can see it's a way of drawing kids in, but I know what you mean OP. That said, is it part of a history of London? I can see how it would be really effective but yes, I have a sense of disquiet about it

HunterHearstHelmsley Thu 15-Sep-16 16:02:46

I learned Jack the Ripper in either year 7 or 8. Early 2000s so it's nothing new.

CalmYaTits Thu 15-Sep-16 16:09:27

We learnt about Jack the Ripper in year 8 and Didn't give it a second thought.

In the same year we had to put a condom on a plastic penis in sex ed, that was much more traumatisinggrin

LurkingHusband Thu 15-Sep-16 16:13:32

In the same year we had to put a condom on a plastic penis in sex ed, that was much more traumatising

Who for ? You, or the penis ?

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