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It’s Groundhog Day at the turnstile of opportunity

After a whole year of gate duty, I suddenly realised that the children always arrive at exactly the same time with exactly the same group of friends, every morning. Are schools simply producing robots?

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The moment of epiphany came for me on a glorious summer’s morning while on duty at the school gate. As the young troupers ambled once again towards the great turnstile of hope and opportunity, an ethereal beam of sunlight suddenly began to cast a new light on the familiar scene before me: surely none of it was for real. I was merely caught up in some kind of mechanical loop.

It was not the fact that the same children turn up each day. Nothing weird about that. It’s a school, so we might reasonably expect that to happen. No, my sudden awareness that I am almost certainly in “The Day After ...

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