Michael Kidson

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Michael George MacDonald Kidson (24 August 1929 – 20 June 2015) was a British schoolmaster who taught history at Eton College. Among Kidson's pupils was former Prime Minister David Cameron. His life is portrayed in the bestselling book The Enigma of Kidson, by Jamie Blackett published by Quiller, ISBN 9781846892509.

Kidson was born in Belgravia, London. His parents separated when he was an infant and his father died a few years later. He was brought up in Shropshire by his grandfather until the age of seven. Following his grandfather's death he was placed into the care of the Royal Wolverhampton School, which at that time was a charitable institution for children who had lost one or both parents. [1]

Kidson served in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry as a national service officer, then went up to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he read economics and history. In 1956 he joined Shell as a graduate trainee but soon moved into teaching, initially at Papplewick, a private school, and then at Eton. He retired in 1994.[1][2][3] He was notable for his competence and for his exceptional ability to engage the minds of his students.[4][5][6]

Commenting on Kidson, David Cameron said: "If he caught you napping, he’d throw this block of wood at your head .... Health and safety means you can’t do this anymore."[7][8][9][10]


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  2. ^ "Great Teachers in my Life" website http://myndset.com/2008/02/great-teachers-in-my-life/
  3. ^ 发表于 2015-1-28 09:24:51 | 只看该作者 (Retrieved 17 July 2015). "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ 2011年考研关于跨专业报考问题, 评论列表(网友评论仅供网友表达个人看法,并不表明本站同意其观点或证实其描述), "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ اختصارات لوحة المفاتيح, 27 April 2015 https://twitter.com/britt_w/.../592689100488110080?
  6. ^ Газеты на английском языке. http://hogwarts-blagoveshensk.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=752&Itemid=842
  7. ^ "What a blockhead—Elfin Sarfetty gorn mad" Daily Mirror, 29 April 2015 (Retrieved 15 July 2015). https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/election-2015-nigel-farage-defends-5600153
  8. ^ Lamden, Tim. "David Cameron: ‘My favourite teacher at Eton threw a block of wood at pupils’" Hampstead and Highgate Express website (Ham & High), 27 April 2015 (Retrieved 15 July 2015). http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/seasonal/election/david_cameron_my_favourite_teacher_at_eton_threw_a_block_of_wood_at_pupils_1_4050848
  9. ^ Pampah, Winston."David Cameron to become first Tory PM to send his children to a state school", Ghana Vision, website (Retrieved 17 July 2015). http://www.ghanavisions.com/mobile/mobile/news/world/73779-david-cameron-to-become-first-tory-pm-to-send-his-children-to-a-state-school.html
  10. ^ The Nation, Pakistan, 18 October 2014. "Cameron to become first Tory PM sending his children to a state school" http://nation.com.pk/snippets/18-Oct-2014/cameron-to-become-first-tory-pm-sending-his-children-to-a-state-school