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5th March 2010 at 00:00

I would like to register my objection to the advert for the National School Quiz, initiated by Becta, as it is a terrible example of stereotyping of scientists as some sort of mad geniuses who are not like ordinary people (the advert, in the February 19 issue, featured a cartoon of a grey-haired eccentric in a lab coat). This seems to me to be giving out totally the wrong message to our students of what science is about.

Laurence Smith, Retired teacher, Hayle, Cornwall.

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