That’ll Teach ‘Em

I’m so glad this show is back, I was so addicted to the first series.

This year, none of them are quite so troublesome though.. the girls even appear to be more so than the guys! We haven’t had a guy like that one.. Joe McReady – from the first season – who got expelled, we haven’t had any real incidents with the “contraband” in either dorm, and we haven’t had the usual early b!tchfights.

Still, plenty of time for all that to come.. and I can’t wait. I love seeing how silly they all look when they can’t spell “subtle” or “bachelor” in English class. And I love that headmaster, he’s such a crack up when he’s angry – reminds me of our assistant prinicpal Mrs Gold.

And that girl with the hampsters is so. funny. I was cracking up so much when she got sent photos and was crying over them 😀

The school gates open again for a third series of ‘That’ll Teach ’Em’, and this time it’s boys versus girls.

Tuesday 14 November, 8.30pm, TV One

Britain’s boys are failing at school. They lag behind the girls in the GCSEs by up to 10 percent and the gap is widening. Could a dose of traditional single sex education be the key to bucking this trend?

In this series, 30 bright children who, like most pupils in the UK, attend co-ed schools, are transported back in time to a 1950s grammar school and divided into single sex classes to see whether this method of teaching improves their grades.

Thrown in at the deep end, lessons begin immediately, and it’s not just the 1950s teaching methods and curriculum that are a shock to the system! Finding themselves separated by a vigorously enforced ‘six inch’ rule, the boys and girls discover they must eat at separate tables as well as attend separate classes.

Despite their protestations, all sweets are confiscated and modern toiletries, including deodorant, forbidden. The girls’ faces are scrubbed with carbolic soap to remove any traces of make up, and all jewellery, fake nails and other remnants of their 21st-century lives is peeled away.

The boys receive the regulation 1950s short back and sides haircut and standard navy blue uniforms, complete with tie and braces. They are not impressed. “I look like such a failure,” says one, echoing the sentiments of his classmates.

As well as receiving an average of 40 hours of lessons a week, as opposed to the 28 they are accustomed to, the pupils have to contend with 1950s-style punishments and traditional school dinners, partake in debating societies and treat their teachers with an unaccustomed level of respect. Insolent behaviour was not tolerated in the 1950s and any acts of disobedience see our students immediately packed off to the headmaster’s office.