D&T for the ages

8th April 2016 at 01:00

It was interesting to read about what Rome’s greatest orator could teach modern education (“Do as the Roman did”, Feature, 1 April). But who else from this era could help us with our educational methods?

Vitruvius – Augustus Caesar’s civil architect and military engineer – said: “The personal service of the architect consists in craftsmanship and technology. Craftsmanship is continued and familiar practice, which is carried out by the hands. Technology sets forth and explains things wrought in accordance with technical skill and method.”

I’d argue we know what D&T needs to be and do. Now, we need to activate the political power necessary to ensure it meets the prescription of Vitruvius for all our pupils.

Geoffrey Harrison

Professor emeritus, County Durham

Correction

In last week’s article “As numeracy improves, literacy skills are slipping” (Insight, April 1), we wrongly stated that 86 per cent of those who left school in 2014/15 did so with at least an N4 in literacy. This should have read 94 per cent, showing a rise in performance on the previous year, rather than a fall, as we reported.

In numeracy, we said that 94 per cent of those who left school in 2014/15 had gained at least an N4 in numeracy, when the correct figure was 87 per cent. This also showed a rise in overall performance on the previous year.

We are happy to set the record straight.

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