Letter: Ignorance of the educated classes

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Sir: Nothing that Susan Elkin ('Please, sir, how do you thread a needle?', 2 August) has written surprises me any more.

Last week I was laughing with a friend with nine grade-A GCSE and three A-levels, now in her second year of university, who is unsure as to which vegetables grow under or above the ground. She in turn was laughing at her new room-mate, whom she had taught to boil an egg. Her friend understood the finer points, but then asked how the eggs were removed from the water.

Yours faithfully,


Coggeshall, Essex

3 August