In this essay I will show that there are different views on education and that we see them in the different teachers. You can see that Hector is the more outgoing teacher. Mrs Lintott is the stereotypical teacher and Irwin is the new teacher with new views on education. I will go in-depth into the teacher’s point of view. I will start with the one of the main teachers and that is Hector.
Hector is a very important character he is one that thinks that children should not only be taught the syllabus that the government gives but they should be learning how to be well-round beings and have the knowledge to go throw life and be successful in everything they do this is shown in this quote “[Hector during his general studies class with the boys] I’ll let you in on a little secret boys. there is no such thing as general studies. general studies is a waste of time. knowledge is not general. it is specific.”. You can see that in this quote that he thinks that the class he is teaching is not a class because the general means in is everywhere the same but he think it is specific which means it has many different complicated explanations which change with time. He also thinks that the knowledge he has should be passed on to the next generation and not kept inside “Pass the parcel. That’s sometimes all you can do. Take it, feel it and pass it on. Not for me, not for you, but for someone, somewhere, one day. Pass it on, boys.
That’s the game I want you to learn. Pass it on.” these are the last lines of the play and the last quote of Hector. This shows that all of the things that he was teaching the boys was for their knowledge and to make them people that they are suppose to be. The headmaster thinks differently about Hector he thinks that Hector is not a proper teacher and that he is just a joke “There is passion there. Or, as I prefer to call it, commitment. But not curriculum-directed. Not curriculum-directed at all.” This shows that the headmaster doesn’t really want the commitment of the teaching of children but about the League Tables and how far they can go up the ladder of how many children they have of prestigious schools. But Hector doesn’t think that it matters into which school the boys will get into. Mrs. Lintott is the only woman teacher in the whole play that is very feministic and is the very stereotypical teacher of the times. She has very feminist point of view on history this is shown in this quote “What is history? History is women following behind with a bucket.” this is a funny but true quote from a woman who is very normal about education.
I think she is the most down to earth she taught them the facts, Hector taught them the knowledge of life and Irwin gives them the technique. Also she thinks that when they are doing the interview for the university they should also think from a woman’s prospective because they are also very important “I hesitate to mention, lest it occasion a sophisticated groan, but it may not have crossed your minds that one of the dons who interviews you may be a woman.” it shows that in this time woman we thought to have been less then men. She also thinks that Irwin is not adequate enough to step into her shoes after she retires and she makes a metaphor about that “Anyway what Felix wanted to tell me is that when I finish next year he’s hoping he can persuade you to step into my shoes…For your information they’re information they’re a size seven court shoe, broad fitting.” this shows that she is very proud of what she accomplished and saying he won’t be able to do the same. Irwin is the young teacher that has found a way to get into a prestigious university by perfecting a very hard method.
He thinks history should be taught from an objective prespective “But this is History. Distance yourselves. Our perspective on the past alters. Looking back, immediately in front of us is dead ground. We don’t see it, and because we don’t see it this means that there is no period so remote as the recent past. And one of the historian’s jobs is to anticipate what our perspective of that period will be… even on the Holocaust.” this a quote that shows that he thinks that the way you view history is different by every person. He thinks that the way of teaching has changed and that they should not teach in the way Hector has been teaching “He was a good man but I do not think there is time for his kind of teaching any more.” this was said by Irwin about Hector and how his way of teaching is not right for their time. He is sure that his method is will get them trough the system and into a very good university. He think that they have the information about the history but they need to shape it and polishe it and them make the interview. “Think charm. Think polish.” this is what headmaster thinks.
Also he thinks that Irwin should make them get the scholarships and he can get the place of a teacher in the school. Irwin thinks that the way to get to Cambridge or Oxford is to not lie but change the way they think “A question has a front door and a back door, go in the back or better still, the side be perverse, defend Stalin.” this show the way Irwin thinks about histroy and what is his method. In conclusion you can see that all the teachers are different and that they have conflict between the way they think about teaching and the way they look at the way they are supposed to get into the universities. Hector thinks that all of the knowledge should be passed on “Pass the parcel. That’s sometimes all you can do. Take it, feel it and pass it on. Not for me, not for you, but for someone, somewhere, one day. Pass it on, boys. That’s the game I wanted you to learn. Pass it on.”. Irwin is the polish of the thing he gives them the technique of how to get there and Mrs. Lintott is the factual teacher in all of this she gives them the hard-core on the spot facts.