Soundbites

28th April 2000 at 01:00
In a recent sociology lesson, the class was discussing a report on the increase in one-parent families. One of the less common reasons for this was said to be annulment. I asked if anyone could explain this. Julie insisted that she could, "Sir, it's when the husband is incompetent."

JOHN PETRIE

Biology teacher to Year 9 class:

"So a plant is a producer because it makes its own foo. What might we call an animal which eats the plant?"

Pupil: "A cow?"

Jess Hindes

I told my daughter and her six-year-old son Benjamin that I was going to King Lear next Thursday. Using skills the DfEE would claim to be a result of the literacy hour, he both cracked my restricted verbal code and drew on previous experience to ask: Which pub's that?"

JENNIFER NEWMAN


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