Well, nothing there that was outside of expectation. It met (if not exceeded) the sensational failure of a few learned celebs that hoped their passion for a subject alone could garner the respect of some disengaged kids. I'm sure no one is surprised that the only one that came close to succeeding was Rolf-who basically IS a teacher. His attitude differed as well in that where he felt there was failure he saw it was a failure in his ability, not a failure somehow in the kids ability to concentrate etc.
However, the show certainly highlighted my personal bugbear-that is the role (or lack of) that parents play in the education of their children. This episode focused somewhat on the home life of one of the ‘pupils’ of Jamie’s ‘school’. It was clear that the parents had no control over the lad whatsoever and very little interest in his education. They very much gave off the typical vibe of ‘it’s not our job really; hopefully the school will sort him out’.
The other distasteful element was Jamie’s constant assertions that ‘I respect you all and your opinions’ to the pupils-when they had all done nothing whatsoever to earn it.
Ok perhaps this is slightly removed from the remit of this website but we’re talking about children that on the face of it have been failed by their local school. I would be very surprised however if we didn’t find that the real breakdown here was the partnership between home and school. I know I’ve been banging this drum but I believe it is fundamental. In my experience the parents that complain most loudly about their local school are the ones that feel they have little to no responsibility for the education of their own children. Sadly, Michael Gove seems to share the same attitude.