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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:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Pupils ‘triggered’ by calorie-counting question in maths test have the right to complain, says exam board[/perfectpullquote]

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:

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] 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. [/perfectpullquote]

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

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] 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. [/perfectpullquote]

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

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Mohave Greenie
Mohave Greenie
2 years ago

I’m triggered. You are pissed off. She is having hissy fit.

Jonathan
Jonathan
2 years ago

That was a GCSE question? Seriously? You should be able to calculate that by the time you’re 11.

PJHH
PJHH
2 years ago

“To 18 year olds…”

I was 16 when I took my GCSE’s…

Dodgy Geezer
Dodgy Geezer
2 years ago

I am poor, and consequently triggered by any Maths calculation involving money. I live in a deprived area, so any consideration of Geography where things are better makes me offended. History is full of nasty things, and I’m allergic to Biology.

Chemistry is pollution, so should be banned anyway, and Physics and Engineering are horrendously sexist. I will only learn a language of a country which has had nothing to do with slavery, and English Literature is all about dead white males. Physical Education is body-shaming…

This makes timetabling very easy for me at school…

Leo Savantt
Leo Savantt
2 years ago

Why do I find myself thinking of all the ways I might trigger snowflakes with inordinant glee? More seriously this sort of hyper sensitivity in a manifestation of neurosis, a form of mental illness most difficult to cure.

Rob Moss
Rob Moss
2 years ago

The average number of legs in the population is around 1.999. You have a higher than average number of legs.

timworstall
timworstall
2 years ago
Reply to  Rob Moss

Ahh….put that down to either a typo or my stupidity then. Because I know the answer, just din’t get it into pixels correctly.

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