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Perhaps the journalists of the Belfast Telegraph could learn a lesson or two from their colleagues in the British Broadcasting Corporation. Instead of citing questionable surveys on integration and faith schools.:


they may be better off reading the instructive series,aptly titled, “Storm in a Toilet Bowl”


Northern Ireland’s education journalists should be required by their editors to study the first five lessons and be tested on them. One typical quote states:

“Even the researchers said the numbers were not statistically significant. (Translation: the differences are so small, from such miniscule samples, that we can’t be sure there’s any value in them whatsoever). Told this, reporters carried on regardless. Hey, it’s a laugh, they say. Who cares? “

Parents are likely to be asking: What is behind this latest survey? Or more significantly – Who?