Love is in the air and IQs are rising

14th January 2000 at 00:00
SPRING seems a long way off but young men can take heart: not only will their thoughts turn to love, but also to higher things. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found men are more intelligent in spring than autumn because of lower testosterone production. Professor Doreen Kimura said most people associated high testosterone with spring, "but it may be that while a young man's thoughts turn to love in the spring, they turn to sex in the autumn."

Internet whiz-kids surely have no time for that, busy as they are making millions and astonishing a stock market of "old suits". However, all is not what it seems. Far from coming from nowhere, these high-flyers get more than a little help from their fathers or uncles in the city, according to Management Today magazine.

It's unlikely that pupils at Summerhill, the country's most laid-back school, aspire to joining the suit brigade, but they are taking education more seriously. To the surprse of headteacher Zoe Readhead they have voted for formal lessons in the afternoons. The school's ethos was criticised by inspectors last year for allowing pupils to mistake "the pursuit of idleness for the exercise of personal liberty".

Heads want to curb the liberty of unruly kids who give dinner ladies a hard time. The National Association of Headteachers is advising schools to bar troublemakers during the lunch break as some children "get away with blue murder".

The same could be said of mobile phone users but Edinburgh City Council might offer relief. Worried by the Christmas boom in sales to children, councillors are asking teachers to spell out possible dangers and teach children to operate the phones safely and, let's hope, quietly.

And back to love. Just when you think it's all over, a study from Essex University found that relationships are still important to 90-year-olds. That should keep some of us going until spring.


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