It was not until 1931 that the real problems of what was right and necessary in the education of the young began to receive serious attention. 1 In that year there appeared an officially inspired and comprehensive volume entitled The Report of the Consultative Committee on the Primary School. As its name suggested, this suffered from all the tergiversating wordiness which characterizes so many of the publications of His Majesty’s Stationery Office, but when all its wrappings were untied it was found to contain a core of living meaning. Good at heart, it was from every point of view a painstaking document, inspired throughout by high-seriousness and issued with every good intention in the world.