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Feb-8-2018

Sometimes Things Deserve a Second Look

Posted by Tim under Personal

Some time ago I attempted to watch the BBC series, Endeavour, found on Amazon Prime. Endeavour is a series that shows the early life of Inspector Morse (he never shared his first name, just the letter E) as a Detective Constable working with his mentor, Fred Thursday. I tried, but I just couldn’t do it. It lacked…something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

This week, after watching a few episodes of Inspector Morse I had never seen (they aired after I returned from living in England…thank goodness for YouTube!), I decided to try it again. I rewatched the entire first season. And now I’m hooked.

Endeavour sheds a lot of light on some of the nuances you see in Inspector Morse. For instance, Thaw walked with a slight limp. You don’t see it all the time. It seems to be more pronounced in later episodes. In Endeavour, he is shot in the leg and waits to see the doctor until a case is solved. The doctor tells him he will probably walk with a limp in later life.

Endeavour winds up being a bit of an alcoholic knocking down bottle after bottle of Scotch. His mentor, Thursday, tells him to lay off the spirits at work and only drink beer (socially acceptable in England) at lunch. Inspector Morse states that he is not an alcoholic, but uses the beer to help him think.

Morse’s love of opera is present from the opening scenes of Endeavour; a true fish out of water as an Oxford educated man who starts his police work as a constable. And one episode of Endeavour lays out where Morse developed his disdain for, and his continued troubles with, the Freemasons.

Inspector Morse’s boss, Strange, is behind Endeavour in promotions and tells Endeavour he won’t ever make it up the ladder on his brains like Endeavoyr will, so he joins the Freemasons to develop the contacts he needs to rise through the ranks.

There are so many layers of what happened in Inspector Morse, and it is done quite well.

Our interactions with students can often be the same. Just because a student acts up in your class doesn’t mean he or she will act out in other classes, or later years. They are, after all, still children even when they graduate from high school. If we get stuck with our first negative impressions, we do our students a grave disservice.

Sometimes things, and students, deserve a second look. And many times we are pleasantly surprised with what we find when we finally see the nuances of who they will become in later life.

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