This unusual call from the right for state intervention prompted equally unusual opposition - from the people's republic of Stirling. "The market will take care of that," Margaret Doran, the council's head of schools, declared to MSPs last week.
It's a funny old world. During the parliamentary inquiry into the curriculum, the Conservatives' Lord James Douglas-Hamilton appears to be calling on the Executive to produce central "guidance" to halt the decline in various school subjects.
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