16th March 2001 at 00:00
How unfortunate that an article on the survey of 50,000 children which was designed "to enhance data handling skills" should fall at the first hurdle (TES, March 2).

Each pupil was asked to name their favourite subject and you rightly state that these are art, sport and maths. However, the questionnaire did not ask children to rank subjects in order of reference nor to name their least favourite subject. By concluding that geography and RE are their least favourite simply because fewest put them as their most favourite subject, you provide a classic example of data mishandling.

Rev Dr John D Gay

Director, Culham College Institute

60 East St Helen Street

Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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