Mind Your Qs
I agree with Louise Silvrton, director of midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, that the ‘gender reveal’ issue has got out of hand. As a retired sonographer in a maternity unit, I know an infant's sex has become more important than ‘Is it normal?’. If the public knew of the enormous list of abnormalities the sonographer was checking they might ask a different initial question.
Joyce Gilg, Exeter, in The Times
Improving the maths performance of children and adults is long overdue but an overemphasis on the role of rote learning is simplistic and doomed to failure. Success with chanting these facts may mask a weak grasp of basics; there are more intelligent and developmental ways of helping children. Understanding the concepts behind the facts is critical.
Steve Chinn, Bath, in The Sunday Times
You report that pollution is worse at traffic lights. In Switzerland, when there is a queue of cars at a red light, only the first three are allowed to keep their engines running.
Carol David, London, in The Times
Beyond all his sporting achievements, David Beckham should be remembered as the promoter of the full-limb tattoo, now a commonplace defacement of young bodies, not a few of whose owners will live to regret following his example.
Guy Palmer, London, in The Daily Telegraph