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David Butterfield, Stephen Anderson, Katherine Radice and Dominic Sullivan
Latin in the new curriculum and GCSE is in danger of being the Cinderella of foreign languages. So far the official remit threatens two penalties. Secondary schools may not offer Latin as an option for the languages National Curriculum of 11-14 year olds (although primaries can). And, so far, the proposals for GCSE Latin do not include any specification to allow translation from English into Latin as an examinable option.
To the authors of Politeia’s new study, Latin for Language Lovers: Ancient Languages, the New Curriculum and GCSE, these omissions should be rectified when it comes to the final framework.
The Coalition’s welfare reforms aim to ensure that working people earn more than those on benefit and that unemployed people can find and keep a job. These are widely welcomed. But, says Frank Field MP, the Labour Member of Parliament for Birkenhead, more radical change is needed if the system is to be effective, affordable and also fair.
In Working Welfare: Contributory Benefits, the Moral Economy and the New Politics, Mr Field, a former minister for Welfare Reform and Chairman of Parliament’s Social Security Select Committee, says if welfare is to work, thecontributory insurance principle must be restored to the National Insurance System. Contributors and tax payers should own their individual ‘pots’ and new mutual societies should run the system on their behalf.
John McFall, Kent Matthews, Patrick Minford, David Green, Jamie Dannhauser, John Hodgson, Scott Cochrane, David B. Smith, Edward George
The financial crisis of 2007-8, its aftermath and the bank bailouts which followed have prompted an intense interest in the financial sector and its future regulation. Politicians have responded with a series of measures to regulate and prevent a recurrence. Banks will be obliged to have higher capital ratios; investment banking will be separated from retail and the presumption will be that in future there will be no bailouts.
The authors of Politeia’s new volume*, The Financial Sector and the UK Economy: The Danger of Over-Regulation,who include some of the country’s most distinguished economists and others with specialist knowledge of the financial services industry, are in no doubt that there are serious problems to be tackled. But they raise concerns about the emphasis, volume and efficacy of current measures, which may not bring the intended results or may prove counter effective.
The new Maths Curriculum will be published later this year, ready for schools to start in 2014. Ministers, now finalising their draft proposals, want the standards in mathematics expected of pupils in this country to equal those expected elsewhere.
Will the new curriculum succeed? Politeia's new study, Primary Problems for the New Curriculum: Tougher Maths, Better Teachers, analyses the draft curriculum.Its author, Prof David Burghes, welcomes the emphasis on basic academic knowledge and congratulates ministers on such emphasis. But, to aspire to the standards expected in some of the mathematically high performing countries, the final curriculum should be more demanding.
David Abulafia, Jonathan Clark, Robert Tombs
The government's new history curriculum has yet to be finalised. But so far the draft has prompted a lively debate amongst historians, teachers and the public.
The plan for pupils to concentrate on the history of this country, from the Romans to Mrs Thatcher, strikes some critics as being too Anglocentric. Others cavil at themes or even phrases which jar on today's politically correct sensibilities.
However, as Politeia's History in the Making: The New Curriculum, Right or Wrong? suggests, such criticisms are wide of the mark.