TEACHERS and educational hangers-on squirmed in their seats at last week's boys and girls conference in Edinburgh (page five). And all because researcher Linda Croxford told them the facts of life.
"You are not going to like this," Croxford declared. "But children of working mothers do less well."
A conscience-laden teacherparent rapidly intervened to check if this applied to all social classes.
Croxford hesitated before venturing: "I think there is some evidence there is less effect if it's a professional working mother."
The collective "phew" could be heard across the capital.