This little scribble comes via Leonie who was talking to child #3 (of 6) who is female, 15 and, imho, very savvy. A discussion about school, what it was like produced a response along these lines.
School is a place where you run a lot of mazes, like rats. So you are put in a maze and asked to find the cheese. So you set off and and run and eventually get through the maze only to find that there is no cheese, only this machine that generates the smell of cheese. Your reward for completing the maze is to do another one.
I think I like this rat.