Parts 2 & 3: Today’s Top Story: School Place Crisis
What’s the best way to allocate school places? Today’s the day hundreds of thousands of you will discover if your sprog have got into your first choice school. One in six parents are going to be disappointed. Is that just their tough luck? How could the system be made fairer? entrance exams? A lottery? Build better schools? Or should we press on with the current system that’s as unwieldy and unforgiving as Nick Clegg’s controversial Alternative Voting system. All ideas welcome!
After that it’s Neil with the rest of today’s headlines.
Part 4: Today’s Papers
Part 5: Is Cheap Car Insurance For Women Sexist?
Is it sexist to offer women cheaper car insurance? All the stats tell us women are safer drivers than men. And yet later today Europe is expected to bar insurance companies from offering women cheaper deals because that’s sexist. Sexism versus safety? Has Europe got its priorities wrong?
Part 6: What’s Clever About Failing Maths?
Why do so many of us boast about our inabilities to do even the most basic sums? And yet we wouldn’t be half so keen to admit we struggled with our reading and our writing. What does that tell us about the way we view maths? That it’s uncool? Geeky? Something you’re either born to do or you ain’t?
Part 7: Tinted Moisturiser: Greatest Invention Ever?
Is tinted moisturiser the greatest invention of all time? It can make even the most washed out, unhealthy-looking white person glow with health. And yet it’s not strong enough to make you look like you’ve been tango-ed. Or is it?