Beware of "the real world". A speaker's apeal to it is always an invitation not to challenge his tacit assumptions.
In passing I draw attention to another English expression which often occurs in Dutch texts: "the real world". In Dutch - and I am afraid not in Dutch alone - its usage is almost always a symptom of a violent anti-intellectualism.
The problems of the real world are primarily those you are left with when you refuse to apply their effective solutions.
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