Some things stick with you from school lessons. I can still remember my elderly English teacher explaining to us, aged 14-ish, that when Cathy in Wuthering Heights said " I AM Heathcliff", she was expressing what it was to be truly in love. If so, I still haven't quite got it.
Even more memorable was when my history teacher (Miss Monroe) talked about the Chartists , in a lesson circa 1969. There was only one major aim of the Chartists that had not been achieved, she explained, and that was fixed term parliaments. I remember thinking how extraordinary it was to have devised a political programme circa 1840 that did actually determine the bottom line of politics over a hundred years later. And about time they got the last of their aims too, I thought.
And indeed we, and they, did get it, with the new fixed term parliament act brought in after the last election. But it doesn't seem quite such a great idea any more.