The History Boys

Feeling a bit literary today, I decided to write on the adapted Brit movie 'The History Boys'. Set in the early 80's in Cutler's Grammar School in Sheffield, a fictional grammar school in north England, The History Boys centres on the group of history pupils preparing for the Oxbridge entrance examinations under the guidance of three teachers-- Hector, Irwin and Lintott all with contrasting teaching styles. Hector despises exams and encourages his pupils to use their imagination to understand History. Through an unconventional way of teaching, Hector had also assigned them reading materials which will not come out in their exams (which was a bit of a laugh there). Irwin on the other hand is the total opposite of Hector, who believes that education is calculative and is focused on getting his pupils to write essays backed up by facts and evidence that would engage the examiners' interest. Lintott tries to invoke feminist ideas in history. Enough of my brief summary there. You might want to catch the movie yourself. Perhaps get a DVD of it.

(Photo by Chris John Beckett)

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