Posted 16 September 2002 - 11:43 AM
Me: "Erm.. 21st century - you remember what we did last lesson..."
Pupil: "Ah.. I thought you'd say that Sir. However if you look at this book it says that as Jesus was born in the year 0, the first century is the hundred years that follow."
Me: "Fair enough.."
Pupil: "So, this means that 0 to 100 is the first century.. meaning 101 to 200 is the second century... so surely then this means 2000 is the twentieth century?"
Sorry - got even more confused - the fire alarm went off and I had to evacuate. Anyway, the question still stands - which century is the year 2000 in?
Posted 16 September 2002 - 02:51 PM
The year before Christ was born was 1 B.C.
Christ was born (well at least we count time from this arbitry point) in Anno Domini 1.
1 to 100 is a set of 100 years. The first century A.D.
101 to 200 is the second set of 100 years (count 'em). The second centrury A.D.
and so on...
1901 to 2000 is the 20th set of one hundred years - 20th century A.D.
Here we are in 2002 - the second year of the 21st set of 100 years. It will end at 11.59:59, December 31st 2100. Or maybe sooner, but thats a different issue.
I hate those books and posters that have Christs birth stated as 'A.D. 0'
Still, the student in your class asked you a better question than one in mine. "Sir, which century were you born in"?
Posted 16 September 2002 - 03:42 PM
This is of course a bit like the thing about celebrating the new millenium a year early as we did on January 1st 2000 when it did not start until Jan 1st 2001.
Posted 16 September 2002 - 04:27 PM
My reckoning is this - it's like a 100m race - the race time doesn't start at 1, it starts at 0.
The first second of the race goes UP to 0.999, then they are into the second second, 1.000-1.999.
So the first year couldn't start, mathematically at 1ad. You could say in the 'First Year', and each month being 1/0, 2/0, 3/0.....11/0, 12/0, until the next year, the 'Second Year' which would be Year 1 ad.
To say the millenium started in 2001 would mean that we'd haveto stop saying first century for 0-99ad, second for 100-199ad, nineteenth for 1800-1899 etc etc.
I'm sure there's loads of websites for and against this, but I'm against the cranks on this.
When you are born, you are 0. You have your first birthday at the start of your second year, not your first. If I was born on 01/01/1900, when would I have lived 100 years? On first Jan 2000, or 2001?
Posted 16 September 2002 - 04:31 PM
We drew a timeline on the board and placed important periods and famous historical people on it. I then asked the class to write about one famous person off the board.
One girl went on to describe Cleopatra - the all British girl band, how they sing and the fact that they like to dance.
Centuries were suddenly the last thing on my mind...
Posted 16 September 2002 - 05:15 PM
"Mee-iss, why do we have to study history anyway? What's the point of going into stuff that's already in the past?"
followed immediately (and before I could respond) by
"Mee-iss, why is that President Bush going to declare war on Iraq anyway?"
Maybe its just that their brains work too fast for me to keep up...
Posted 16 September 2002 - 05:21 PM
All this fun and we get paid too!
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Posted 16 September 2002 - 06:28 PM
I must admit I told the kids about JoN being born in 7AD, so the whole thing was by-the-by anyway!
Wasn't there also some monk who got all the dates wrong anyway and we're actually in (either - I can't remember) 1600 or 2060ish?
Posted 16 September 2002 - 06:47 PM
Posted 16 September 2002 - 07:14 PM
Now that confuses them?
Posted 16 September 2002 - 07:36 PM
I am thinking of adopting what is known in my school as 'Year 11 time'. This is when the minute that is 2.00pm when Period 5 starts after lunch can last for anything up to 13 minutes!
Indeed what is particularly good about this method of time organisation is that the older you get in the school the longer the opening minute of the lesson lasts. So whereas for the Year 7s the first minute of the lesson lasts but 60 seconds, by Year 9 it has extended to anything up to six minutes, for Year 10 it has reached up to 9 minutes, but for Year 11 it is the aforementioned 13 minutes.
Of course as a 29yr old who is effectively in Year 24, I believe that the first minute of the lesson now lasts the full hour, so I can avoid turning up at all to teach my Year 10s without being late!
Posted 16 September 2002 - 07:58 PM
I found this gem when teaching RE
'God finished creation at 9am on Friday 23rd October 4004 BC'
Calculated by Archbishop Ussher in C17th
Posted 16 September 2002 - 08:04 PM
Maybe we should just leave timelines out of our SOW from now on...
Posted 16 September 2002 - 08:22 PM
Both arguments ring true - Dafydd's concept of a race and ages, where time starts at 0 and goes up. This would seem the most obvious.
However, the idea that 1-100 is the first century seems to make sense too.
They are quite an able set, so I think I'll print out these comments and let them decide next lesson!
As for what I believe - I think the Millenium should have been celebrated twice to keep everyone happy.
Posted 16 September 2002 - 08:25 PM
I'm promised delivery from Dell between 6pm and 10pm. It's now 21:26.
Will it arrive???
The pigs don't seem too near to take-off....
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