[ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 31, Issue 4_Oxbridge (Bruce Redwine)

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Wed Oct 7 10:29:00 PDT 2009

Is it folklore that Winston Churchil didn't get 
through high school?
If so was it important?

Sumantra Nag a écrit :
>  Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 4 Oct 2009 12:21:23 -0700
> From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
> Subject: [ilds] Oxbridge
> "As Sumantra notes, many of these writers barely got through  their schools 
> and ended up with third class degrees."
> Bruce, I think many British writers of the pre-WWII generation who got poor 
> degrees or no degrees at Oxbridge, did well enough academically at their 
> schools to get into Oxbridge, and in some cases with scholarships or 
> exhibitions. They were, probably, good students at school. Many schools, and 
> particularly the well-known ones which regularly sent a number of their 
> students to Oxbridge were equipped to train their students well during their 
> final years in school, and for the entrance exams.
> Did Lawrence Durrell have access to such training at the school where he 
> was? He was provided with opportunities for private coaching I think. But 
> the discipline within a school with a tradition would normally force a 
> student to come up to his potential and the "peer group" too would have an 
> influence.
> I think you might find that levels of academic application or performance 
> changed between school and university (Oxbridge in particular) probably 
> because of the attractions of a broader life and more freedom offered at 
> university. In some cases people may have already started writing seriously 
> and this is what they concentrated on and neglected the greater academic 
> effort required at university.
> Of course there are writers who did well academically at university too.
> Sumantra 
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