Generation Snowflake – Maths Question About Calories Triggers Students


Given the collective age around here we’ve not quite got to the point of understanding the “trigger” fashion. As far as we do grasp the concept it’s that God’s Little Snowflakes should never be exposed to anything nasty because they might cry. A useful attitude to dealing with two year olds as silence there is golden – and as rare. To 18 year olds, well, a little more maturity might be welcome perhaps.

Our example today being that a maths question using calories as the example was just, just, tewwible:

Pupils ‘triggered’ by calorie-counting question in maths test have the right to complain, says exam board

Everyone’s always got the right to complain of course. It’s what the response is to the complaint which matters. Swift clips to ears being useful in our minds even if currently unfashionable:

A calorie-counting question in a GCSE maths exam prompted a backlash with claims it was a ‘trigger’ for students with eating disorders. The question asked those sitting to calculate the calorific value of a breakfast of banana and yoghurt. Some complained that such a question was concerning given the age of participants and the potential of them having eating disorders.

Some of them will be limbless too but does that mean we shouldn’t ask about the average number of legs of the population?

Last week an exam board apologised after complaints about a passage in its GCSE English language paper. An excerpt from HE Bates’s classic novel The Mill was included in the AQA exam. Pupils complained that the unseen text was taken from a book in which, later on, a character becomes pregnant after being raped by her employer and is then dismissed from her job. The passage in question made no reference to the rape.

Jeez, don’t apologize, tell them to grow up.

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