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National Curriculum Wars

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The UK is in the midst of a reform of the National Curriculum. Creating a Curriculum is hard work and the process creates high emotion: anxiety, anger and righteous indignation. I shall say a very little about that and shall use it as a starting point for the question what every mathematician coming to Cambridge ought to know. I shall propose a way to think about that in terms of what I regard as a special category of emblematic problems. I shall give examples from my own experience and reading but the main aim of the talk is to solicit further examples from the Cambridge mathematics community.

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