In To Sir, With Love, why does the narrator term the report as an outrage?

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I assume you are refering to the newspaper article that is published about the school in Chapter Twenty. The narrator refers to this as an outrage, rightfully in my opinon, precisely because it looked as if the newspaper was interested in publishing a serious article about the school's educational approach and philosophy. Instead, the article presented the school and the headmaster, Mr. Florian in anything but a favourable light. Consider how the narrator describes the pictures to us:

Of the three pictures which appeared one showed Mr. Florian as a small, grey, aged figure dancing with one of the girls, in ridiculous contrast to the whirling-skirted youngsters around him, who were made to look sleazy and uncouth; another picture showed some of the cihldren with cigarettes hanging from their mouths and wearing expressions of bored depravity; the third was of the dining hall at dinner time--a thieves' kitchen would have fared better.

Thus the article is an outrage because of the way in which the newspaper deliberately misrepresented the school and the hard work of the teachers and the headmaster to work creatively with a challenging group of pupils.

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