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Was the Industrial Revolution a good thing or a bad thing?

Our final piece of work for our History topic will be to consider whether we believe that the Industrial Revolution was a good thing or a bad thing.

 

We've looked at health and illnesses; how children were forced to work in terrible conditions; the effect that industry had on the environment and the living conditions of the poor.  We understand how the rise of industry forced people out of the countryside and into the emerging towns and cities and we've thought a little about how scary the massive changes must have been for the people involved.

 

I've added a clip from the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics - it is quite a powerful clip.  The man that you see at the beginning an at various points throughout the clip represents Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

 

Part-way through the clip, about 7 minutes in, the music changes for about a minute and a half - listen out for the whistling and the drums no longer being played.  Why do you think the music changes in this way?

 

Do you think that the producers involved with the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics consider the Industrial Revolution to have been a good thing for England?  What is it about the way the clip is choreographed that makes you think this? 

 

 

A message from the Bananagrams organisers.
Victorian food for the poor.
 

Comments 5

Guest - Lydia Knight on Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:58

I think that the industrial revolution was a great part of our history. I can't decide whether the industrial revolution was a good thing or a bad thing!

I think that the industrial revolution was a great part of our history. I can't decide whether the industrial revolution was a good thing or a bad thing!
Guest - Pranav Kesavan on Sunday, 14 December 2014 19:33

The Industrial Revolution is A BAD THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't understand why people say it is a good thing because it reduced a number of the worlds population. What do you think Mr.Marland ?

The Industrial Revolution is A BAD THING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't understand why people say it is a good thing because it reduced a number of the worlds population. What do you think Mr.Marland ?
Mr Phil Marland on Sunday, 14 December 2014 21:09

Obviously I think it was a good thing. I understand that for people at the time, the rate of change (how quickly change happened) must have been terrifying but The Industrial Revolution made Great Britain great! We really did rule the world because industry happened in Britain before it happened anywhere else.

in terms of the deaths of people, they would have died without the revolution too!

Obviously I think it was a good thing. I understand that for people at the time, the rate of change (how quickly change happened) must have been terrifying but The Industrial Revolution made Great Britain great! We really did rule the world because industry happened in Britain before it happened anywhere else. in terms of the deaths of people, they would have died without the revolution too!
Guest - Tom Collier on Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:19

Mr marland without wishing to disrespect your views I must say that you put forward an incredibly blinkered view for a teacher, you have failed to even reference the unavoidable evidence that this was the start of mankind negatively affecting the planet on a global scale

Mr marland without wishing to disrespect your views I must say that you put forward an incredibly blinkered view for a teacher, you have failed to even reference the unavoidable evidence that this was the start of mankind negatively affecting the planet on a global scale
Mr Phil Marland on Thursday, 16 April 2015 02:29

Thank you for your comment Mr Collier and I do not feel that you are being disrespectful. I agree that it is a blinkered, one-sided, shallow view of the revolution. We discussed the environmental impact of industry in the classroom and I had hoped that the children would have challenged my comment but sadly, as you have probably noticed, there have been very few who actually comment.

Thank you for your comment Mr Collier and I do not feel that you are being disrespectful. I agree that it is a blinkered, one-sided, shallow view of the revolution. We discussed the environmental impact of industry in the classroom and I had hoped that the children would have challenged my comment but sadly, as you have probably noticed, there have been very few who actually comment.
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