Which novel about teaching is this?
October 11, 2010 11:20 AM   Subscribe

Which novel have I forgotten the name of?

I read it as a teenager, but it's an adult book. It's about a teacher at a private school who is forced to teach a completely useless curriculum (a major subject is copperplate writing). She tries to teach Shakespeare at one point, which the students like, but which the parents think is lewd. There's also a lesson by the most boring chemistry teacher in the world, who never seems to get beyond the number of elements.

Question brought on by considering teaching English in Korea.
posted by topynate to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
Maybe The Clergyman's Daughter by George Orwell?
posted by phoenixy at 11:26 AM on October 11, 2010


Yes! It was in a huge door stopper of an anthology, I remember now. And from the synopsis, what I described is only one chapter. It must have struck a chord. Thanks phoenixy.
posted by topynate at 11:31 AM on October 11, 2010


One of my favourite books - you can read it online.
posted by ceri richard at 11:39 AM on October 11, 2010 [1 favorite]


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