In the early 1980s Robin Alexander wrote a book on primary education. At the end of the introduction there was a sentence which went something like: "If teachers do not take charge of their own profession, someone else will." Few prophecies have ever been fulfilled in such a disturbing way.
But the report from Professor Alexander and his team has created an impossible- to-ignore crack in the political fortress. The Cambridge Primary Review deserves thundering, unanimous support from teachers.
If it doesn't get it, we lose all claim to professional self-respect and I, for one, will not want to admit to my future grandchildren that "I, too, was a teacher."
Michael Todd, Dorrington, Lincolnshire.