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Keep up with the notional curriculum

It's fascinating to read of the opposition of both Tea Party activists and liberals to the US's Common Core State Standards ("The battle for the common ground", Feature, 5 July). In the English context it prompts two questions. Why have proposals from England's education secretary Michael Gove for the national curriculum not met with opposition from a similar alliance of right-wing conservatives and liberals? Answer: because many of the former have children in independent schools or in academies where the so-called "national" curriculum does not hold. This prompts a second question. How then should the proposed English "national" curriculum best be described? Answer: as a "notional", not "national", curriculum.

Colin Richards, Spark Bridge, Cumbria.

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