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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – Inside Obama’s White House

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

A new four part series from BBC2 looks at life behind the scenes in the Obama administration. Inside Obama’s White House (Tuesday 15th March, 9pm) promises to reveal the day-to-day realities of running a country.

From the BBC:

A month after his victory, Barack Obama discovered America was on the verge of a great depression. He puts his plans for change on hold to pass the largest stimulus in history.

Obama promises to close Guantanamo within a year – and it is still open. His attorney general admits that evidence against many of the prisoners could not be used to prosecute because they had been tortured.

And at the Copenhagen summit, the president crashed a meeting between three fellow heads of government in his desperation to do something about climate change.

Whilst obviously of use for Politics classes, the programme may also be of use to Media Studies teachers looking to demonstrate how film and media can be used to portray political issues.

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.