“Let's face it, if you're at Cambridge, you're a jolly clever fellow. I wouldn't have thought for one minute that you would need an extra minute in exams at all. They're so well versed. They're so well read. The statistics prove that if you're an Oxbridge graduate, you're more likely to be employed.
Clare Muldoon (right) hit out at students for claiming extra time on exams
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“Why, oh why is Gen. Z spilling out of their oat milk from their coffee wanting more time to sit exams? I'm sorry. It's a disgrace.”
Stephen chimed in, saying, “I have some sympathy for your view. I do. But as we've quite recently had someone in the family diagnosed with ADHD and a high performer ADHD, so clever and getting on with it and passing exams and all the rest of it. And it's not until you go through this you realise actually how much they actually have been struggling.”
Clare argued that “Life is a struggle. We all struggle with something.”
Stephen disagreed: “I think this is different when it can be very debilitating.”
ADHD is known to affect people's attention, activity and impulsivity.Pexels
Clare clarified that her issue was with the ‘rise’ in cases. James Woudhuysen weighed in: “I think that's right. Claire. You know the the individual case, Steven, there's there's no discussion needed.
“It's also unquestionably not just the students fault. Although, you know, we all love Cambridge, don't we?
“The educators, the mental health establishment, the NHS bureaucracy. I'm afraid Prince William and nearly everybody in the Royal Family has completely industrialised mental health issues. If you're not suffering from it, you're a bit odd, you know.”
Anne Diamond voiced her uncertainty with this sentiment: “Yeah, but there was a need to discuss it and talk about it.”
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James came back, “But you know, the substance has outrun the form. It is an epidemic.
“The establishment has a big responsibility for this epidemic”
“But society also bears the brunt of dealing with this,” said Clare.
Stephen closed out the conversation, saying “Well, yeah, I'd sort of agree, but I also think you need to look at the individual cases as well.”