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?