It's always a nice idea to have a plant in your classroom as it gives the room that "cared for" look. Sadly, some pupils have a need to pull off leaves and what was your pride and joy can become an unsightly stick by the end of the term. They don't have a personal vendetta against foliage; it's just too tempting a challenge to them. Don't take revenge by introducing hostile plants with spikes, or you'll find yourself removing them from over-reacting pupils and explaining yourself to parents.
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Illustration: Bob Dewar.