This really doesn\’t sound right about Downside at all

A MONK who used to teach at one of England\’s premier Roman Catholic boys\’ schools has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of abusing pupils under his charge in the late 1980s.

Richard White, now 66, was a geography teacher at Downside School near Bath when he was identified as a possible risk to pupils, but no legal action was taken. Instead, Father Nicholas – as he was known at the school – was warned about his behaviour towards a 12-year-old and was switched to teaching older boys.

No, don\’t know him at all, just after my time there.

But something really doesn\’t ring true about this at all. A monk teaching geography? Surely not.

Every public school I\’ve ever heard of reserves that subject for the games masters I thought.

You know, on the basis that it\’s a simple enough subject that they should be able to work out which end of the book to start reading to the class from?

Certainly for years I thought that a geographer\’s uniform was some variation of a tracksuit.

8 comments on “This really doesn\’t sound right about Downside at all

  1. This made me laugh alright! Still as true today as it ever was. Also, looking back on the shit I was taught in GCSE Geography it’s appalling how much of it was outright Marxist propaganda.

  2. Our games masters (also Catholic school) taught history.

    Usually good fun, because they did 19th century British colonialism as “biffing Johnny Foreigner”.

  3. One of White’s victims told The Times: “It is something that has been with me for very many years. I felt I did not have the right tools to address it when I was 12 and 13.”

    Well, there was at least one monk who would beg to differ.

    I’ll get my coat…

  4. “No, don’t know him at all, just after my time there.”

    Are you really sure? I think you need extensive counselling, Tim, to recover your buried traumatic memories. And a physical examination, for, even now, the way your anal sphincter dilates could be very telling…

  5. Geography was a piece of piss at O-level, it’s true, but P.E. was P.E. and Joggers was Joggers. All masters were expected to supervise sport but the P.E. bod was basically full time. We had some top-notch people teaching geography, so much so that thirty-odd years later I can still remember all the terms for glacial features etc.. Out of my set, I think all but three of us got easy A’s. Sad to relate, back then the field was infested with the discredited ideas on the population explosion and ‘finite’ resources. I smelt a rat, but had not yet been introduced to Julian Simon et al..

  6. Also, looking back on the shit I was taught in GCSE Geography it’s appalling how much of it was outright Marxist propaganda.

    Same here. We had a Glaswegian woman teaching us that the Chinese commune system was a viable alternative to the capitalist system we had in the UK.

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