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Probably not the shortest question with the most bias ever...

Advances in technology are helping to solve crime.  Do you agree with the use of DNA evidence in catching criminals?  Yes / Not sure / No

...but close. 

[That one courtesy of my MP.]

SHEU in the House, and some hard questions

The echoes of our Autumn report rumble on.

We were asked to give some more detail for the House of Commons magazine (below) in November, and Jo Swinson asked a question about our work in the House of Commons chamber itself:

More monkey business

A postscript to my musings about home-made polls (/content/blog/home-made-online-surveys-can-make-monkey-us-all):

I've been having a quick whizz around trying to catch up with surveys about the quality of sex education, and found a headline:

Sex education should not be taught in schools, say more than half of parents

SHEU response to PSHE review

We've just sent off our submission to the PSHE review (last day if you have not!).

Here is ours:

/content/page/sheu-response-review-personal-social-health-and-economics-pshe-education

Some others (maybe drafts):

http://www.pshe-association.org.uk/news_detail.aspx?ID=1235

Young people, smoking and the influence of lessons

New research conducted on behalf of Department of Health reveals the anti-smoking attitudes of children.

PSHE lessons in school are usually the place where pupils find out information about many health issues including smoking.  The PSHE Association rightly point to the good work being done in PSHE to achieve this result.
http://www.pshe-association.org.uk/news_detail.aspx?ID=1228

Young people in the news

I was in Guernsey yesterday talking with press, politicians and other movers and shakers about a largely positive survey of parents and carers:

/content/page/guernsey-parents-and-carers-survey-2011

It included, as it happens, some questions about how young people are portrayed in the news media.  When I arrived, my host Alun Williams showed me a wince-making news story that we feared might come up in questions:

Alcohol trends

I did various things on the BBC yesterday, mostly about alcohol and young people: overall, fewer young people drink but there's a few going well over the top. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15511823

I got back to work today to find a ticking off in my mailbox from the British Beer & Pub Association.  They  explained that I was out of date in what I said about increasing alcohol consumption in the adult population.  That may have been true up to 2004.

Oops

We've just discovered that the Education and Health archive at /content/page/education-and-health-archive has been being sulky, asking that you sign in or register to see anything.  Sorry about that. 

We've told it to play nicely and share properly from now on.  Let me know if you experience any problems.

Everyone knows one quote about statistics

...but it invariably is Disraeli's one about lies and damned lies*.  I hope this one gains a bit of circulation:

"A microscope enables you to see things which are too small to be seen by the naked eye; statistics enables you to see things in masses of data which are too complicated for the naked eye."

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