Sacrificial lunacy

17th March 2000 at 00:00
YOU report (TESS, March 3) that John MacBeath, a professor in what is called the Quality in Education Centre at Strathclyde University, has advocated that mathematics be dropped from the core curriculum. Ho hum.

And from the Equality and Discrimination Centre (of the same university) a Professor Gus John speaks, in rather intemperate language, of "confronting culturally supremacist assumptions". Are there actually real people who talk like this today?

I recall that in Pushkin's Queen of Spades the main character declared that he was not in the habt of sacrificing the essential in the hope of gaining the superfluous. Perhaps Strathclyde University should have taken such a view. If core mathematics is not an essential, what would we say of a university department of Quality in Education? And what is meant by a Discrimination Centre?

Admittedly it does not quite match the lunacy of Higher Still, but surely (as Higher historians might say) it is a bad thing. I wonder what Cardinal Newman would have thought of Strathclyde University.

Frank McDonald. Cortachy Avenue, Carron, Falkirk.

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