Traditional values in a modern setting

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

Thankfully, Jane Austen's comment on Edwardian society has been brought bang up to date by the Learning and Skills Council - the government funded quango responsible for post-16 year old education.

It has decided that the best way to attract women into education is the "fact" that footballers prefer women with a few qualifications. It seems obvious, doesn't it? Their groundbreaking research found that nine of the 12 most highly gossiped about "WAGs" have five or more A*-C grade GCSEs.

So forget studying to become a teacher, a social worker or simply to learn more about the world around you. If you're clever enough you might even have a chance to bag yourselves a nice wealthy husband!