I’m not sure if this practice really encourages thinking on one’s feet or merely sets more youngsters on a political career path:
Witty pupils at a Cambridge school are being let off for minor offences if they can conjure up quick and clever excuses for what they have done.
Ed Elliott, head of the independent Perse School, told his pupils they could escape punishment if they could explain themselves in 10 seconds.
He said “out-and-out falseness” would not be allowed but “white lies” may be.
I have at best a modest gift for this sort of prevarication, or at least that’s what I’d like you to believe.
(Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.)