It's all nuts

We were reminded by Professor John MacBeath of Cambridge University at a recent conference of the differences between the aspirations and realities of school life.

The Peanuts cartoon strip by Charles Schultz, he recalled, notes: "I learnt something in school today. I signed up for folk guitar, computer programming, stained glass art, shoemaking and a natural foods workshop. I got spelling, history, arithmetic and two study periods."

"What did you learn?"

"I learnt that what you sign up for and what you get are two different things."

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