Down with trolls

24th August 2007 at 01:00
FOR A final bout of Potter-related pottyness, we turn to Ken Boston, chief executive of the the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, who commented earlier this month on schools over-preparing for tests.

The remarks were a small part of a speech to journalists which focussed mainly on Harry Potter's world. Dr Boston compared the QCA and the Wizarding Examinations Authority. "The WEA is run by an ancient witch; the QCA by an ancient Australian," he said. The QCA's curriculum wizard Mick Waters was visiting Azkaban prison, he explained. "We are negotiating for him to do a curriculum review at Hogwarts. There are too many soft subjects like divination and care of magical creatures," he said.

He also compared A-levels and wizarding levels, for which the worst grade is T, for troll. "Fewer trolls is a cause for celebration," Dr Boston said. "Though The Daily Prophet may bemoan a year-on-year reduction as evidence that standards are falling."

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