Thursday, September 29, 2005

TOTP - Top Ten Worst Subjects At School

Ratboy sent us his list of the subjects that he really doesn't get on with at school. In England the term 'Ratboy' (coined by popular anti-everything newspaper The Daily Mail) refers to a 12 year old Artful Dodger type that breaks into your house, nicks your video then leaves dog mess on your dining room rug because he's not at school - after reading this list we are convinced this listener could be inclined to do so:-

  • 10 - Technology
  • 9 - English Language
  • 8 - Chemistry
  • 7 - History
  • 6 - Music
  • 5 - Religious Studies
  • 4 - Physical Education
  • 3 - English Literature
  • 2 - Modern Languages
  • 1 - Physics
What was your worst subject at school? Is there something Ratboy forgot (apart from nicking your jewelery and CD collection too)? Then let us know using the technological gift of the discussion board on the www.topofthepods.com web site.

17 comments:

klaus said...

Didn't listen to the show but according to the spoilers you put physics to no. 1 - I really liked it and I'm not angry only because you didn't put Maths on the list

sam smith said...

they are some of the more interesting subjects! i hate citizenship, as you now HAVE to do it (its the law). an hour a week learning about ASBO's and yob culture...

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digitaldion said...

Great show as always!

Hope you're feeling better Rob!

The Anime show was the best ever (except for Hank and Eugene and Tourettes Monks!)

BTW. Current statistics in first world countries show that less than 7% of graduates from University work in the field in which they studied, and most people will have changed careers (not just jobs) more than once before the age of 30!

Gen X and all that.....

By the BTW. I AM Dr Foster. Like I have never heard that one before... (I can honestly say I have never been to Gloucester though.... Also, doesn't rain THAT much in South Africa) - can't remember what show number that was from?

Oh yeah and one LAST thing....

Επ'ευκαιρία "το ipsum Lorem" είναι λατινικά, μη ελληνικά!

sam smith said...

Hank and Eugene and Tourettes Monks!

erm, what episodes were these? i cant remember, but i remember the monks being hillarious.

Grant - Three From Leith said...
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Klaus said...

@ Sam - the tourettes monks are at the end of the episode about the top 10 girls with big bums

Adam Smith said...

Im 14 and in Year 10 and my worst subject is RSE cos we have an insane teacher who is totally nutty. He supports Norwich City to the point of insanity. DT these days involves a range of subjects; Metalwork, Woodwork, Electronics, Food Tech., Graphic Design and Textiles

Top Of The Pods said...

Well it seems I've pass my germs to everyone else (don't tell anyone it was me!) - tonights show will be a little late - it'll be out sometime tomorrow morning cos it needs about 3 hours editing doing to it).

Rob
TOTP

JH said...

I hated physics, because if we got too much error on the labs, we lost points. The equipment was in poor repair, so there was always a lot of error. I ended up doing my labs backward, and generating my data from the expected result.

I also HATED P.E. (or "gym" as we say in the states) especially with hateful female PE teachers of questionable orientation, if you know what I mean. Grrrrr.

My kids' high school has a class called "skills for life", but what they teach is crap like how to read a nutrition label. What they ought to teach is how to buy a used car, when to consult a doctor, how to do your taxes, etc.

I like math (we don't pluralize it here). Math is puzzles and games. Biology was cool too, when we got to dissect stuff. In medical school we got to dissect a corpse.

Bazza said...

Good show. I actually like physics though.

I've just discovered I know Ratboy (aka whittle) from another forum, I think introduced him to the podcast, unless he already knew about it.

diane s said...

i liked English Lang & lit & languages (& art & history). HATED technology (we did woodwork, cooking and design- on rotation), maths, drama, geography & music

GiantKillerMantis said...

We called P.E. "P.E." when I was in school (in the States). It was a complete waste of time. In most schools, it exists only to give the football coach something to do ("teach" P.E.) during the day.

Our equivalent of "technology" was called "votech", which is short for "vocational technology". So, it was stuff you'd use in "blue collar" jobs, mostly. If you wanted to skip college and just go to work, you took votech classes. I took one on automechanics and this kid lit up a joint in class.

Sadly, they don't hold kids back a year anymore. They just pass them whether they learn or not. It's supposed to be nicer for their egos. Until they get out in the real world and realize how ignorant they are, I guess.

diane s said...

i forgot how much i hated PE! except for cross-country, cos we just walked it & had a chat, or went to my friend's house nearby & watched TV...

bryan in greece said...

yes indeed, lorem ipsum is Latin, not Greek - thanks for the mention on the show, lads, and yes, I am fluent in Greek - I am a English-Greek-English translator-interpreter of some 20 years, for my sins ;-)

sam smith said...

is there any chance of hearing an uncut version of the tourrettes monks sketck? the bleeped version is hillarious...

Hel Fire said...

i hated maths at school, for 4 years i had a teacher who couldnt teach... soooo many people in her class had private tuition from other teachers after school cos they werent learning anything during her lessons... in my AS Level class there were 8 of us, and all but 1 of us ended up having private tuition! the worst bit is, this wasnt some bog-standard sink school, this was a private school and people were paying through the nose to get a good education!
another subject i hated was latin, it was compulsory to do it for at least 1 year... i really dont understand why we had to learn it as nobody speaks it any more! i also didnt like ICT much at any of my schools (state or private), i guess cos they couldnt really teach it properly, or the PCs kept crashing, or there were never enough (working) PCs to go round...
but, i did like physics at school, probably cos the teacher had a sense of humour, we did lots of practicals and watched loads of really bad old science videos (everyone, including the teacher, laughed so much over them!), and there wasnt actually too much maths involved in it!