Vital humanities

28th September 2001 at 01:00
YOUR report "12-year-olds to opt out of curriculum" (TES, September 14) contradicts the recent White Paper which states that by 14, most pupils "should have benefited from a broad and balanced curriculum".

Opting out of geography and history disregards the need for a socially, economically and culturally informed younger generation. They are the only subjects that address these needs.

Dr Rita Gardner

Director and Secretary

Royal Geographical Society

1 Kensington Gore, London SW7

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