Sir. It must be considered, that a man who only does what every one of the society to which he belongs would do, is not a dishonest man. In the republick of Sparta, it was agreed, that stealing was not dishonourable, if not discovered.
— Samuel Johnson
At a recent event, the speaker asked us to consider a hypothetical conundrum: what if one GCSE Triple Science student was strong in (say) Chemistry and Biology, but significantly weaker in GCSE Physics?
What course of action would you recommend? Extra support in Physics, was the consensus reply.
Actually, said the speaker, the smart “Progress 8 Maximisation Strategy” would be to:
- Tell the student to focus her efforts entirely on Biology and Chemistry and completely ignore Physics. . .
- . . . but keep her entered for GCSE Physics anyway, and make sure that she goes into the exam hall and writes her…
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