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to wonder how many people are getting hideous flashbacks to GCSE English lessons?

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HookedOnHooking · 13/09/2015 21:15

Watching An Inspector Calls social history blah blah...

I can smell that moldy old temporary classroom.
I feel actually nauseous.

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Junosmum · 13/09/2015 21:17

I loved an inspector calls, and Shakespeare, but nothing else.


PseudoBadger · 13/09/2015 21:20

Yes! But can't remember if it was English, drama or a-level theatre studies for me Blush


ilovesooty · 13/09/2015 21:21

I taught it plenty of times. I'm rather enjoying this.


Blackcloudsbrightsky · 13/09/2015 21:23

I hate AIC and I'm an English teacher!


ilovesooty · 13/09/2015 21:30

I think the inspector's final speech is wonderful, and very appropriate today.


badgergirl82 · 13/09/2015 21:32

I agree ILS.

Is it just me who thinks Eric sexually assaulted Eva? He says to the inspector he is 'in the mood where a chap causes trouble' or similar which I always read as her not consenting. No one seems to agree with me, I haven't taught it for a few years - have done The Woman in Black and Lord of the Flies over the last four years or so.


HookedOnHooking · 13/09/2015 21:32

It's not even the dreariness of it but the foul school feelings. Urgh.

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Wobblystraddle · 13/09/2015 21:32

It's such a great story.

I didn't actually know it was on, but the first thing I thought when I just flicked it on was relief that we have a better film to show year 11 now. (I love Alastair Sim, but this will be more relatable.)

Teaching Silas Marner at the moment has given me a greater appreciation of teaching AIC. I loved studying it for my own GCSE.


ilovesooty · 13/09/2015 21:33

I think they've definitely tweaked the dialogue to suggest an element of coercion.


hattyhatter · 13/09/2015 21:34

No. When was this on the syllabus?

It is very timely.


Blackcloudsbrightsky · 13/09/2015 21:34

But it's so preachy and nowadays Eva smith would be able to claim benefits and Sheila birling was just spiteful and Gerald was a knob.


Wobblystraddle · 13/09/2015 21:35

badgergirl it's really interesting that we never even considered that angle when I studied it in 1992/3 and hadn't discussed it in great detail when I started teaching it the years ago. These days, though, nearly all students want to discuss it as a rape, which I believe it is.

So depressing that I went to a girls' school and it was never even raised as a discussion point.


hattyhatter · 13/09/2015 21:35

Tweaked? Tweaked what?


mizu · 13/09/2015 21:36

Loved reading An Inspector Calls for GCSE.

Went on to do English A level and English at Leeds Uni. And now teach - language not lit though.

Remember hating Silas Marner though Wobbly Grin


Wobblystraddle · 13/09/2015 21:36

black I saw the NT production and thought the inspector so, so, so preachy it was dreadful.


badgergirl82 · 13/09/2015 21:36

I must admit it went over my head a little until I read it one day and suddenly thought 'hold on!'

The inspector does say that he used her like an animal but it is largely glossed over and Eric comes out of the whole thing looking quite good which really, he shouldn't!


ilovesooty · 13/09/2015 21:36

Sheila was petulant on one occasion and was truly sorry and I think Gerald develops real insight. The parents are the really awful ones.


Wobblystraddle · 13/09/2015 21:37

mizu why use one word when 100 will do? :)


hattyhatter · 13/09/2015 21:37

I CBA to go and find a copy to compare. I thought this sounded like original dialogue.


ilovesooty · 13/09/2015 21:38

And you couldn't claim benefits then.

The message about social responsibility isn't preachy. It's universally and timelessly powerful.


Blackcloudsbrightsky · 13/09/2015 21:39

It was a bit more than petulance!

I don't know. It just seems a bit 'bitchy rich girl is mean: society is flawed.'

Mind you I hate Of Mice and Men as well.


Blackcloudsbrightsky · 13/09/2015 21:41

I know you couldn't claim benefits then but that's why I'm not convinced it's all that relevant now.

Nowadays hopefully Eva would not have been in a position where she was forced to hang round dodgy places meeting stupid blokes but arguably if she was and got pregnant society would have ensured at the least she was fed and clothed and housed. So I'm not sure it is relevant any more in the same way it was pre 1914 (and I know it wasn't written then.)


ilovesooty · 13/09/2015 21:41

Society was flawed then, and in many ways it is now.


badgergirl82 · 13/09/2015 21:46

Eric says he "insisted" on going back to Eva's lodgings and "I was in that state when a chap easily turns nasty - and I threatened to make a row."

Poor Eva Sad

I think society has changed for the better in terms of actually looking after one another but what we have to ask ourselves is, have our attitudes changed? I hear many people say the sorts of things Mr and Mrs Birling say about looking after ourselves - not the refugees, in other words; I hear people say women, not men, are to blame for unwanted pregnancies and that line 'girls of that class' said by Mrs Birling can be heard everywhere, only its 'people of that class.' It's in the sneering and laughing of people of a certain culture when Jeremy Kyle or similar is on, and it's most unpleasant.

It is absolutely relevant in remembering we are all people whether we live on 'Benefits Street' or are from Syria or whatever.


Wobblystraddle · 13/09/2015 21:47

But black, there are many situations in which we could be looking out for our neighbours, but aren't, to the detriment of our personal experiences and relationships, and to the detriment of society. Even if these situations are less to do with benefits now than they were when Priestley was writing this play.

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