Sir Desmond Lee, late headmaster of Winchester, has taken comfort (Times, 9 September) in the rise from 12 500 to 27 000 sixth‐form pupils taking mixed (ie science and arts) courses predicted for 1971 by the Dainton committee. This, he points out, will produce a net gain of 6000 pupils with some exposure to science over the 1964 figures — and is a hopeful sign towards the breakdown of rigid subject definitions. Within the Dainton terms of reference this is all to the good — but it carries with it the danger of academic emphasis that still bedevils the science and technology argument.
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