How do plants make their own food? Photosynthesis.
How does water reach the topmost branch of a tall tree? Capillary effect.
How do plants breathe? Transpiration.
How does a frilled flower turn into a fleshy fruit? Pollination.
To stop children from asking too many questions, school feeds them with a list of superficial definitions. When a child persists, she is met with some variant of the following response:
‘Didn’t you already study in Standard 4 that plants use photosynthesis?’
Some ‘busy’ person in the past must have thought, ‘Alas! If only we could trap the wonder of the world around us into Latin words whose definitions we can have children memorize so that they stop badgering us with their stupid questions.’
Thus, primary school textbooks were born.