James Dyson at the Design and Technology with Science Show

James Dyson
2000, Vol. 5, No. 1,


When the term the 3 R's was coined, as it happens in Parliament in 1840, Hansard recorded that it stood for Reading, Wroughting and arithmetic. Wroughting as in 'wrought iron', or - 'I have wrought a wonderful design.' So it is rather ironic that now the academic establishment have seen fit to try and squeeze 'wroughting' or 'design' out of the curriculum.

It was an inspired move to bring design and technology into the curriculum, and make it compulsory up to the age of 16. Design and technology could be - should be - at the centre of the curriculum.

It is entirely compatible with high levels of numeracy and literacy - the design process draws on areas such as maths, science, technology, communication and art. Designing and making something is truly creative, and developing creative abilities is a basic function of education.

There is much talk these days about creativity. But in

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