Class Warfare: A Close Battle Ensues In The First Week
This first week of Class Warfare, it was a tough battle to see who would top the charts. A total of 40 people were asked in each class, and there was only a difference of 4 between first and last place. The seniors came in last place with a total of 13 correct answers. In third place was the juniors with 14 correct answers. Freshmen came in second with 16 correct answers, and the sophomores squeaked out a win with 17 correct answers.
As this is the first week, sophomores are in the overall lead, with freshmen, juniors, and seniors right behind. As the weeks go on, this scoreboard will change.
This week, the question was, “Which of the following statements about your class’ patron saint is false?” The freshmen have the patron saint Joan of Arc, and the false statement was “She was an English military leader.” She was, in fact, French, not English. St. Christopher is the patron saint of the sophomores, and, as he was large and strong, the false statement was “He was small and weak, but had powerful words.” The juniors’ patron saint is St. Anthony, and “He was a martyr” was the false answer because he died of natural causes. Finally, St. Michael the archangel is the patron saint of the seniors. The false statement was “He slaughtered many evil people.”
This week, an average of 62.5% of people in each class answered incorrectly. The sample size was 40 people, or around a fifth of each class. I believe that the reason the percentage of incorrect answers is so high is because this is a topic that not many kids in high school care about. Many students did not even know which saint represented their class, so it’s not surprising that they did not know the facts about their respective patron saint. According to NewAdvent.org, knowledge is “the consciousness of an object, i.e. of any thing, fact, or principle belonging to the physical, mental, ormetaphysical order, that may in any manner be reached by cognitive faculties.” The reason so many people go their questions wrong is because they just don’t know about their saint, possibly because they don’t care. One freshman said, “I don’t really care about my class’ patron saint. I have more important things to worry about, like homework and sports.” I think that this idea sums up what many people think about this topic.
Check back next issue to see which class will win on the next topic, Lent. Be sure to watch the halls for Faith in Action reporters and help your class win! The sophomores may have won this battle, but the war is not over!