From: Canon Ronald A Marchant, Dulverton, Esplanade, Scarborough.
NEW students would “take a mix of science and humanities-based A-levels” (Yorkshire Post, October 18).
I took my School Certificate at the age of 14. Since then I have had no connection with algebra. With geometry, I remember that the area of the square on the hypotenuse equals the combined area of the squares on the other two sides of a right-angled triangle.
We had an excellent and popular physics teacher. One morning while studying the moments of magnets, I realised science was not for me.
I have two higher degrees at Cambridge based on work I enjoyed doing, but I suppose I remain half-educated.
Missing little on language
From: John Gordon, Whitcliffe Lane, Ripon.
THE woman who complained that her grandchild was not being taught German at school needn’t worry. She would only get a couple of periods a week in a crowded curriculum.
The German would be “Hochdeutsch” or what I call “der, die, das” German, a language that has so many dialectal variations in a big country like Germany that you have to live there before you can feel at home.
It happens here; I have Germans come to me in Yorkshire complaining that they weren’t taught English properly at school.
Food for thought
From: David J Mitchell, Roxby Road, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering.
MR Ackernley (Yorkshire Post, October 20) may not realise square plates or trays and their safe stowage go back to the age of sailing ships.
The last meal of the day was the only substantial one and it is from this the phrase “a square meal” is derived.