23rd March 2001 at 00:00
The secondary heads' conference heard that standards are not what they were - according to the unreconstructed in the profession. As a colleague of the old school told Gordon Mackenzie, an exam question would once have read: "A farmer buys a sack of potatoe for pound;6 and sells it for pound;10. How much profit does he make?" Nowadays it was more likely to be: "A farmer buys a sack of potatoes for pound;6, sells it for pound;10 and makes a profit of pound;4. Underline the word 'potatoes' - and discuss with your neighbour."

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