Realistically, however, the more narrowly prescriptive the road along which the national curriculum is driven, the less likely are we to see a U-turn and the abolition of the elements he most abhors: the fear of failure, national tests, teachers forced to deliver ready-made lessons, leagu tables, payment by results, and exam drilling.
But this is no cause for disconsolate "deary deary me-ing"! It is surely time for counter-action: to press for pluralism in education, which would open the way to truly creative curricula - such as Steiner Waldorf and the Free School Movement - to be made available in this country, as elsewhere in Europe and across the world, without financial discrimination.
Dr Brien Masters. Priory Road. Forest Row, Roehampton.