Watchdogs and standards;Postscript;Letter
Those of us visiting Detroit were not surprised at the lack of this among American youngsters, who were mostly required to fill in blanks and respond to multiple-choice questions. When looking for reasons for a decline of such fluency in the UK, I wondered about the national curriculum and, especially, the introduction of the literacy hour. Or is this just an interesting coincidence?
Bob Gough 8 Manor Road Walton-on-Thames, Surrey