Chewing the fat on timetables
The Education Minister has said more than once that he does not wish to have a beauty parade of subjects knocking on his door to state their case.
But their proponents would not be human if they failed to do so. Curriculum reformers in the past have often nodded towards the need to weaken the subject-based strongholds of the secondary curriculum, which is why we now have Munn's curricular modes. But it is not as simple as that. The subject-based curriculum may have its critics, but a convincing alternative has yet to be formulated.
We must also recognise that the curriculum may only be partly susceptible to planning. Market forces will probably always play a part, whether they take the form of parent support for and pupil interest in particular subjects or the supply of teachers - factors that are themselves related.
The curriculum review group will no doubt have turned to the words of wisdom in the 1947 Advisory Council report on secondary education. Its report stated: "We have tried to make an approach to the curriculum more practical by bringing the general question why we teach this or that into sharper focus in the form - why do we teach this subject to these particular pupils at this particular stage?" That could be a sharp, and productive, test for the review group to apply.