To be fair, he's spot on.
My history exams were seriously pressed for time, at GCSE and A-level. Everyone could have used an extra half hour and done better than they did.
But in general you're right. Which is why I don't think of it as much an issue, more of a curiosity that I don't really understand.
My Paper 3 for History (Vietnam + Women in Britain in the 20th Century) was a bitch. I broke my thumb playing cricket the evening before so had a writer for the exam. Had to tell her where to put fullstops, where all the capital letters went, spell the key words etc. With no extra time. ****ing ****s.
Missed out on nearly a third of a 75 mark paper IIRC.
Tell me something I didn't know.
Seriously tho, drawing general conclusions from specific examples is always dodgy. Your ex-housemate was a twatt because he was a twatt, his sexuality seems incidenatal to his twattishness.
What I will say is that there still is a little low-grade homophobia amongst most of us. Some have said they find the OTT spoons annoying, which is fair enough, but the criticism seems to be they're "too gay". To draw a clumsy analogy, would anyone say a black chap who had his hair in dreads and wore a rastafarian hat with a Bob Marley tee shirt was "too black"? One's inclined to think not.
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Right, I'll take that one up, because I can, and I'll use examples too.
Firstly, although I'll sound like an arrogant ****, I'm quite an intelligent person. OK I'd put myself as more than 'quite intelligent', I'm not Steven Hawking, but you put me in any situation where quick thought is needed and i'll more than hold my own. Stick me with lesser mortals and i'll chew them up and spit them out (because I'm a arrogant **** who loves to show off how clever he is). Being Dyslexic doesn't hold me back, 95% of the time.
A good example was during my training for my current job. Involves a lot of maths, carrying numbers to and frow, different %'s, different rates etc. Anyone with a C and above at GCSE maths should grasp the concepts, though will probably spend their life infront of a calculator. People with As, or A levels in Maths will do it in their sleep. So me, being a show off, was churning this stuff out in my head before the rest of the class could type it in to Mr Casio. Weeks of being bored waiting for other people to catch up and cotton on....
Until one day, quite an easy scenario (cant remember the specifics now, think it was about reducing allowances due to income levels), everyone in the room got it first time, I'm staring at an answer miles out. OK, no biggie, pen, paper, **** it, calculator.... Nope, still out. Work through it with the tutor, step by step.... We find the part i'm going out. The maths before is fine, the maths after would be fine, if I could just click this one step.
Now I know I'm wrong, I know where I'm wrong, but it took something like 20 minutes of countless people trying different methods to get me to understand how to do this one simple thing. I'm almost in tears with the struggle. The nearest I can liken it to is someone getting a big black sticker and covering a part of your brain. Everything else is firing fine, working overtime, scrabbling at the edge of this sticker to peel it off and let you use whats underneath. Think of the brain as a circuit, now if you've got a duff battery (low IQ), then the system will run slowly, if you've got a faulty wire (dyslexia), then it may power brilliantly, then it may stop completely, before inexplicably working again before you can locate the fault.
The worst part is when the penny drops, in that case it just came in a flash, I just reeled off exactly what was taught in the first place as my explanation to what the answer was... People couldn't understand how I could hear something for 20 min, then just comprehend in a second..... The effect is like when someone opens the curtains on you in the morning, waking your hungover arse up unexpectidly... Sure enough a couple more examples were tried, and I was back to smashing them away first time
Remembering back to my Educational Psychology Report (alas I dont have my copy anymore, think I used it as a scrap piece of paper in an emergency then threw it away.... Pretty sure i doodled all over it when on the phone to broadband tech support), in most categories I was in a stupidly high percentile.... Number recognition was almost off the scale (tester couldn't believe I was studying politics not something maths based), yet in some things i was about 10 below average...
Worst one for me, I was given some childrens building blocks, each side was split diagonally, half red, half white (like this). I had to copy a pattern laid out in front of me, eg line them up so the coloured sections made a diamond in the middle etc..... Because I wasnt allowed to move anything bar the blocks, so couldnt pick up the sheet with the pattern on, turn it around to suit how I wanted to view it etc, I just crumbled. Ended up after 5 minutes with alot of blocks flying around in frustration, just launched them off the table in a fit of anger, at myself for not being able to comprehend something a 6 year old could copy..... Yet I could recite lists of numbers backwards, forwards etc with ease.
75% of the time Dyslexias not an issue, 20% of the time it crops up and you have your own coping methods, or have a 'oh yeah' moment 5 mins later and people take the piss out of you. Sometimes it will drive you to tears in frustration as your whole mental state breaks down when presented with something you can do, but cannot at the same time.
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