Day 2

The History Boys Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What sorts of answers do the boys offer when Irwin asks them about Hector's teaching style and, in particular, about him locking the door during his class? Why do you think Hector might be locking the door during his lessons?

    When Irwin asks the boys about Hector’s unique teaching methods, particularly why Hector locks the door during his lessons, the young men respond that Hector is trying to protect the boys from the forces of progress that lie outside the classroom door. The boys go on to explain that, while Hector's lessons are enjoyable, they won't help them succeed on their Oxbridge exams. A few scenes later, Irwin again asks Posner why Hector locks the door to...

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