Triangle ABC is larger than triangle DEF. How do you think triangle DEF feels about this?It's a joke from an old Punt and Dennis radio show,but I thought of it when I read that some 'soft' subjects are no longer to be offered at A level.
According to the Independent, these include History of Art, Statistics, Classical Civilisation and Archaeology.
These strike me as perfectly valid areas of study for a sixth-former: Statistics is one of the many subjects I wish I knew more about.
More fundamentally, as the joke above shows, any subject can be hard of soft depending on how you examine it.
Somewhere behind the pressure to stop offering such subjects is the idea that teenagers are raw material for the economy without individual talents of interests.
The cull of soft subjects was an initiative from Michael Gove. However, since then he has told us that "people in this country have had enough of experts".
So why bother with academic rigour at all?