Director & Chief Executive, Institute of Linguists
Saxon House, Southwark St, London SE1.
Telling students about drugs
The Study Safely campaign mentioned in Education+, 21 May, to provide accurate information to London students about drugs, was organised by a number of partners, including the London Drug Policy Forum, the 27 London Drug Action Teams, Event Planners Ltd, and the NUS, as well as ourselves. The campaign has been evaluated, and more up-to-date figures on student drug use, as well as the effectiveness of drugs awareness campaigns, will shortly be available from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (0171 927 2048). The information materials are now being distributed nationwide - contact ISDD on 0171 928 1211 for details.
Director of Operations, ISDD, Loman Street
Retiring teachers with honour
In Personally Speaking (Education +, 14 May), Ian Roe (pseudonym) says of his staff: "They have all been used up and should be allowed to go with honour". Please pass on to him the following sentence (line 11, para XVI, Aelii Spartiani De Vita Hadriani), written some time between 293AD and 305AD, which describes how the Emperor Hadrian treated burnt-out teachers when he became emperor: "Doctores qui professioni suae inhabiles videbantur ditatos honoratosque a profesione dimisit" - "Teachers who seemed incapable in their profession, he loaded with riches and honours and sent into retirement." Perhaps he would like to send Mr Blunkett the translation?
Reader in Mathematics, Sussex University
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