Should Jack the ripper be taught in KS3?
I am sure you have heard of the unidentified murderer dubbed with the name ‘Jack the Ripper’ who was active around the Whitechapel area of London in 1888. He was well known for killing 5 female prostitutes, the victims were all killed at about the same time and place which led the police to think it was a serial killer.
‘Jack’ was pictured as being a middle aged man living his life alone and wearing a long black coat to cover up any blood stains seeing as he only killed in public places.
Still, today investigations have not gone far enough to reveal who was behind the spine chilling name of Jack the ripper, which reflected the violence of the murders.
From my perspective I don’t think Jack the Ripper should be taught in ks3 for many reasons, although I do understand why we learn about it today, in the 21st century.
It seems that even today, everybody has heard of him and his horrific deeds. The Whitechapel murders are still taught to children in schools, but why? The main cause for this continued fascination is the fact that the true identity of the Ripper has never been determined.
Firstly the disturbing pictures and unpleasant stories are the reasons to why I feel as if Jack the ripper shouldn’t be taught. By exposing these images to young minds, children could have varied thoughts or interpretations. Also Jack the Ripper only tells a small proportion of the history from that specific era which could lead to us having the wrong views on that era.
And finally public health (another topic ) should be taught separately because Jack the ripper has no relevance to it, and pupils learning about these two topics may find it extremely puzzling, and jumble them up.
Of course there is another side to this debate, being that Jack the Ripper should be taught in KS3.’ After all it is part of history , no matter how gruesome the facts are.
Once again there are many points to why we actually learn