Mary Wakefield Mary Wakefield

What are 16-year-olds supposed to learn by making posters?

Most schools seem to think that poster design can teach you everything: English, history, religious studies, geography...

My niece, Lara, 15, has a mind like a surgical blade. On any subject, from calculus to The X Factor, she finds the heart of the issue and dissects it with alarming ease. Lara makes mincemeat of homework, trailing A grades, which is why it was so odd to find her stumped two weeks ago.

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