17th November 2000 at 00:00
In the Year 9 essay "Haig: butcher or military genius?", one pupil wrote: "Haig had been in the army but then he left and became a butcherI the enemy wouldn't see him as a threat so he could work under cover." Plus:

"Haig was an undercover man with very smart ideas to win the war." I am so glad the two years I have taught this lad have not been wasted.


* During assembly, our sports-mad head mentioned England's recent dismal performance in the World Cup qualiiers.

Everyone in the hall looked completely dejected. Suddenly, five-year-old Sol shouted out: "It's only men playing football."


* I asked my Year 5 literacy hour class what they thought the word "vocabulary" meant. Qader immediately said it was a kind of chocolate. As an avid follower of soaps, I recognised the line: "Coronation Street - sponsored by Vocabulary".

Is it a measure of the good or bad effects of television?


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