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Watchdogs and standards;Postscript;Letter

I WAS intrigued by the report suggesting a decline in the standards of writing in our schools. In the late Seventies and early Eighties, I was involved in an exchange of teachers between inner-city London and inner-city Detroit. Detroit teachers were astonished the fluency in the writing of British primary school children.

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

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