Hey hey 🙂
This Thursday saw the publication of A level results (end of schooling before University), which is a big deal in the lives of the students awaiting results, and is made a big deal of by the media who will trot out the same stories again and again, and make a big fuss (are exams getting easier? Some professor says they are! Someone else says that’s not fair! Hey, here’s a kid with 5 As who didn’t get in to Oxbridge, scandal! Here’s a 3 year old with 7 A levels, look at the freak!).
Now, it’s been a few years since I was awaiting mine – but this year we were anxious about my cousin, who had wobbled a bit in January exams … I’m pleased to report he got 4 As and is heading to his first choice University after the summer 🙂
All this has got me thinking about school subjects – and Harry Potter, for some reason. So this week, my questions are:
- What was your favourite subject at school?
- Which subject from the Harry Potter books would you most like to study?
- If you could introduce any subject into the school curriculum (imagine there are no time or money or facilities constraints), what would it be?
1. I’m really not sure what my favourite school subject was. I mean, maths was always fine, but wasn’t something I really loved until A level – and at A level I also loved other things. I guess a tie between Maths and History? I started studying history at year 11, and carried it on to A level – basically covered a lot of European political history, 1900-1940. And that was really, really interesting.
2. After consulting http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Hogwarts_School_of_Witchcraft_and_Wizardry, I think I would like to take History of Magic, or Study of Ancient Runes.
3. I would introduce Ceroc classes for ages 14 and up. Ceroc is (as described by wikipedia) a fusion of salsa and modern jive, but with easy footwork – I’ve only been to one class, but it was fabulous. I think that it would be a fantastic addition to the school curriculum because it’s good for self-confidence and body-confidence, gives you a great way to interact with people (no more awkwardly standing at the other side of the room etc), and is fantastic exercise. Plus, then school dances would be awesome.
What would your picks be? I’m all ears 🙂