How we cite our quotes:
"They have all learnt their three-times table. But I see no point in teaching it to them backwards. There is little point in teaching anything backwards. The whole object of life, Headmistress, is to go forwards. I venture to ask whether even you, for example, can spell a simple word like wrong backwards straight away. I very much doubt it." (20.24)
Let's be fair: the Trunchbull has a point. In business and everyday life, people can enjoy great success when they think outside of the box. So when the Trunchbull has the kids spell things backwards, it might be a way for her to help them expand their minds. But of course that's giving her far too much credit. Really, she's just trying to trap them into messing up, so Miss Honey has to come to their defense.