Eastwood lived up to his reputation as a maverick, or to use the pukka academic term, "a blue skies thinker", when he spoke to north-east heidies recently. Describing right brainleft brain theories as "rubbish", he quoted the comment of a specialist on the workings of the brain when asked if we have learnt more in recent years.
"Yes," came the reply. "But nothing that would help you as a teacher."
Ever controversial, Eastwood drew surprisingly little response from his audience when he described secondary education as "nothing more than a comment on primary education".
Now there's a subject for a national debate.