Crime and Punishment Edexcel : Do we really have to teach Jack the Ripper?
Many centres are keen to teach Crime and Punishment for the new GCSE. Some are less keen on Edexcel’s option. As one contributor to a recent History Forum wrote recently,
The thing that puts me off teaching Edexcel Crime is the way it’s tied to the Jack The Ripper study. I am really uncomfortable about teaching that
Even the Museum of London has now changed the focus of a new museum on the role of women in the 19th century and has placed its new emphasis on Jack the Ripper. Its logo features the serial killer, who murdered at least five women in the Whitechapel area of London in 1888.
The new Jack the Ripper museum is located in Cable Street in the East End.
“As the project developed we decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of Jack the Ripper,” said the curator. “It is absolutely not celebrating the crime of Jack the Ripper but looking at why and how the women got in that situation in the first place.”
In the end, the death and mutilation of women seems to have a much greater commercial attraction than their many great achievements. True to of exam boards it seems. And that is the most depressing fact of all.