He handled that much better than most wizards would have, I feel. Most of them would either have made up some elaborate story about secret societies that communicate with the gods and special knowledge of the universe and the secret powers to be gained threreof etc, or would have just had a jolly good shout. Depending on their teaching style.
And for someone whose society hasn’t really changed much in centuries, I think Uba’s handling her situation pretty well, too. She’s only set a few people on fire.