Media Delights In GCSE Results Time: Average Children Hidden From View
The Sun rubs it in by showing readers “Little Deborah Thorpe” who was was five when she sat a maths GCSE. And she passed. Parents of less wonderful nippers may take comfort from the words of “Little’ Deborah’s” dad:
Her dad Charles, 44, from Chadwell Heath, East London, said: “We thought we might as well just give it a go. You see young people in the newspapers who have taken exams and you think, why not? I wouldn’t say maths is her favourite subject, but when she says she wants to be a doctor I tell her that she must be very good at science and maths. We want her to be outstanding and exceptional in every way.”
Anorak feels like erecting a statue of a woman holding a beacon, below her robes a plaque on which is inscribed the invitation to bring me your average , your C-graders, your middle-of the road future middle managers, taxi drivers, hairdressers and shop workers.
Little Deborah’s dad adds:
“Presidents of the world used to be old and now they are middle-aged. The younger generations are taking over now. We don’t stress her out, telling her, ‘You’ve got to do this’.”
But if she wants to be President of the UK she needs to work at her, er, history classes.
By the way, do you parents of the average and below average – you who were average – want to know what Little Deborah scored in her exam? She’s obviously bright and keen to don the work. But what did she get?
She got an E.
Not to worry, Deborah – you still did better in your maths GCSE than former US President George Bush, future King Prince Charles, Colonel Gaddafi, Princess Diana, Wayne Rooney…