What horrors, really!

A mollycoddled ‘snowflake’ generation of children rely on teachers to bail them out ahead of crucial exams by running free ‘booster’ classes.

Revision being something that has been done by teachers since when, Aristotle?

“Now, Alexander, do you remember what I told you about Afghan Princesses?”

“Umm, sing “Where’s Your Poppa Gone” as a lullaby? Make sure she’s friends with my catamite! Umm, no, no, don’t push me, get her to cook for my other wives? Err, compare her lashes to those of the finest camel? Umm, ”

“Well, yes, this is one lesson we should revisit before finals then, don’t you think?

11 comments on “What horrors, really!

  1. This is not what “snowflake” means.

    I basically learned everything for my A-levels from such “revision” classes. I can’t remember what we did in school for the first 7 months of the year

  2. Guy I was at school with copied my A level maths homework every week for 2 years. It became a routine, he’d walk into the common room on maths homework day, I’d chuck him my book, he’d copy it all down, off we’d go to hand it in.

    He got a B, when a B was a solid grade.

  3. Has anyone on here actually read Aristotle’s “Physics”.

    Utter balls. But good for a laugh.

    Wouldn’t recommend for science homework though.

  4. I did ‘O’ levels back when ‘O’ levels were a thing, in a comprehensive school back when comprehensive education actually was comprehensive education. All through secondary school in the weeks up to exams we had these things called “study periods” where instead of an hour’s lesson you had an hour where you (were supposed to) revise. During ‘A’ levels these were interspersed with “how to study at university” tutorials.

  5. BiF
    Aristotle’s Physics is not what we mean by physics: it’s a philosophy of nature (‘phusike’ meaning ‘nature’), and was extremely influential until the late 16th century. We now know it is largely mistaken, but it’s not utter balls. “Time is the measure of change” (Book IV) is an interesting definition even now….

  6. If you say so Theo. You’re closer to the original than me.

    But if you can’t even see that an arrow, an ICBM, a ball… desscribes an arc (I’m not even expecting him to get to parabolas) and not two straight lines…

    Then it’s balls, innit.

  7. Sorry Theo.
    I don’t mean to be rude, but Natural Philosophy is what we used to call Science.
    Also, I might be a bit closer to Aristotle than I let on. My great great uncle or something was an Oxford classics professor.
    Hence why I read some of A’s shit.
    Even aged 17 or so I could tell it was nonsense.
    “Time is the measure of change…” Well knock me over wiv a fevver. I defy you to quote something from A that is both not obvious, and true.

  8. Aristotle’s thirteen fallacies of logic should have remained part of the school syllabus: people would have far less tolerance of “expert” opinion when they can identify ad hominems, references to authority, non sequiturs and all the rest by which we are misdirected.

  9. BiF

    Yes, lots of false statements in the Physics. Hindsight is a wonderful thing! However, there are plenty of arguably true statements in the Ethics and the Politics — eg that constitutional monarchy is the best form of government — and in Aristotle’s other works. He alone invented logic and his work on syllogistic logic remains in use to day — all of which is still true. He also invented biology. He was a pioneer of observation and empiricism; but he didn’t come up with the experimental method, though neither did anyone else until the 17th century.

    IMO, Aristotle was the most intelligent person who ever lived — a truly remarkable mind.

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