Educating Rita Learning objectives: 1. Explore the term education 2. Analyse the theme of education in ‘Educating Rita’ 3. Select interesting quotes to illustrate this theme and consider how education affects character Who is Education for? Education – derives from the Latin ‘educare’ meaning to draw out “Education encompasses teaching and learning specific skills, and also something less tangible but more profound: the imparting of knowledge, positive judgement and well-developed wisdom” – Wikipedia Quotes about Education • What do you think the statement means? • To what extent do you agree or disagree? • Is it a quote by Willy Russell – why/why not? •Can the statement be linked to ‘Educating Rita’ in terms of theme, character etc. • Does it accord with Frank or Rita’s perspective? Think about Frank’s disillusionment, Rita’s current standard of education and her hopes for the future. Education 1. Imagination is more important than knowledge Albert Einstein 2. Only the educated are free Epictetus 3. To be educated is not to have arrived at a destination; it is to travel with a different view R.S Peters 4. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education Albert Einstein 5. Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself Chinese Proverb 6. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world Nelson Mandela 7. Education...affords one the power to change one’s life Willy Russell 8. There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live John Adams 9. Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin 10. ‘...nothing that is worth knowing can be taught’ Robert Frost Rita …(she goes to the window and looks out)…God what’s it like to be free? p.19 ‘…If you want to change y’ have to do it from the inside, don’t y? Know like I’m doin.’ p.23 ‘See I don’t wanna baby yet. See I wanna discover meself first.’ p.24 ‘I tried to explain that I wanted a better way of livin me life.’ p.24 Frank ‘You want a lot and I can’t give it…Everything I know – and you must listen to this – is that I know absolutely nothing.’ p.25 ‘…you must try to remember that criticism is purely objective. It should be approached as a science.’ p.34 ‘Now if you’re going to pass any sort of exam you have to begin to discipline that mind of yours.’ p.34 Do you think it will be a good idea if Rita gets an education? How does this issue – and others - interest the audience?