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Wilfred_bridge
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Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 07:19 am:   

Did he (White) not also write Revision Biology? I certainly remember him distributing new copies of his own book at the start of some term !
Even in those naive teenage years it struck many of us as improper that a master writes a book, orders up n copies on the school's account and then pockets the royalties. The fact that the book was so evidently poor just added insult to injury. That said, I have neutral recollections of him as a teacher. Having done 'Chem-Phys-Zool' at A level it meant having to endure Reynolds/Hawksworth + Hodges/Turner + Howe/Wight and I failed all but chemistry. Went to the Tech, re-sat in the January having had a few months of decent tuition and passed the 3 with good grades.
I've always felt that Mundella teachers were supportive of the bright pupils but had no time at all for the 'strugglers' or those less able.

On a different theme, over the last decade I've been trying to read more about Britain in the 50s and therefore put my narrow, jaundiced recollections into a more balanced perspective. The most readable & informative book by far has been Peter Henessy's "Having It So Good: Britain in the Fifties".
Anyone else read it who is willing to post some comments?
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Ian_withers
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Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 09:36 pm:   

Sorry Guys, never had Wight or Dolly Onions, I was there from Sept 58 to June 62 and suffered under Daniels (maths) and Turner (physics). I seem to remember tests every period. I hated them both but they got me through.
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Stan
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Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 04:38 am:   

I should have said Brownie, that nearly all the lessons I had were with Howe(excellent) and the odd ones with Wight.(satisfactory) I must say though I never saw the violence you desribe. If you wanted violence then Dolly Onions was the one particularly towards males!(only surpassed by Oydoyno and that unqualified chap whose name I forget(maths).Far more unpleasant in a snake like way was Reynolds. All in all apart from Calder not much to respect in the `teaching profession'.
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Rfbrown
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Posted on Sunday, November 04, 2007 - 05:20 am:   

Well Stan, sorry to disagree....
Mr Wight also authored the text book that we had to use for our "O" levels. After spending a great deal of time swotting for Biology, and thinking I had it down, I failed by a single grade. Several of the questions were not covered in the text book at all! This is not just my opinion, I discussed the issue with classmates at the time and the general agreement was that the book was totally inadequate.
As for Wight being a good teacher, I disagree with that also. I saw him bully, browbeat and physically abuse classmates for no other reason than his personal arrogance.
On one occasion his violent actions nearly created a riot in the Biology lab, as everyone was horrified and disgusted when he hit one boy across the face without any warning, sending him flying across the room.
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Stan
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Posted on Monday, October 29, 2007 - 04:21 pm:   

Margo, As a student at Mundella, I found the maths chemistry and physics teaching apalling. The one saving grace was the couple of hours in the biology department with Howe and Wight. They were both excellent teachers of their subject.
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Margo
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Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 09:45 pm:   

I found a book this week, by Mr FG Wight, BSc., F.Z.S. Head of the Science Department and Senior Biology Master, Mundella Grammar School, Nottingham.
"Practical Botany", published 1955. I will get the preface scanned in if anyone is interested, but the gist of it is: there aren't many books about botany, and this will provide a guide for the practical work of post-A level students.
He thanks Mr Howe for advice, and for reading the manuscript and proofs; Miss DE Barlow for the drawing in fig.3; and most of all the sixth froms at Mundella, who have been guinea pigs for a number of years.
On glancing through it, I must say I didn't know I was at school with such very clever people!

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