Shades of Lenin

16th February 2001 at 00:00
A team of gurus from the Secondary Heads' Association were invited to Slovakia recently to brief locals on the latest developments back in Blighty. Warming up for the main part of their presentation, they explained the importance being attached to educational improvement by the British Government: "In fact, our Prime Minister has a slogan: 'Education, education, education'." There was much coughing and sniggering in the hall. It seems the catch-phrase is a little too reminiscent of theLeninist slogan - "Learning, learning, learning", to be adopted immediately by our Slovakian comrades.

And finally, before he gets carted off to the Gulag, let us share the embarrassment of a secondary teacher in Brighton, who proudly presented a school inspector with a pupil's beautifully-wrought poem about a green-skinned alien who slithered aimlessly about the surface of his lonely world, propelled only by the lightening-fast movement of his 11 green testicles (sic).

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