Saturday, 19 March 2011

That'll Teach them

That'll Teach 'Em is a British reality television documentary series produced by Twenty Twenty Television for the Channel 4 network in the UK.

Each series follows around 30 teenage students as they are taken back to a 1950s style British boarding school. The show sets out to analyse whether the standards that were integral to the school life of the time helped to produce better exam results, to the current GCSE results and to compare certain contemporary educational methods with modern ones (e.g. vocational vs. academic focus for the less 'gifted').

As part of the experience, the participants are expected to board at a traditional school house, abiding by strict discipline, adopting to 1950s diet and following a strict uniform dress code.

After four weeks, the students then take their final exams, produced to the same standard as contemporary GCE O Levels.

There have been three series of the show, the first airing in 2003 (recreating a 1950s grammar school and featuring academically high-achieving pupils), the second in 2004 (a secondary modern and the academically average or poor) and the third and probably final series in 2006 (a grammar school again, this time focusing on science and with single-sex classes).

Watch the video and answer these questions.
1. Why will the students be “lacrimose”?
2. Why was the student “repudiated”?
3. Did the kids like the Latin lesson? Why?
4. Why is Latin useful, according to Mr Warr?
5. COMPLETE: Latin is a languageAs dead as ___________ ___________ _____________First it _____________ the RomansNow it's ___________ _____________

The O-Level (Ordinary Level) is a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education (GCE). It was introduced as part of British educational reform in the 1950s alongside the more in-depth and academically rigorous A-Level (Advanced Level). England, Wales and Northern Ireland replaced O-Levels with GCSE exams in 1988. The Scottish equivalent was the O-grade (replaced by the Standard Grade).

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