― It’s as predictable as spotting the first cuckoo of spring. No sooner has the television news broadcast students celebrating success in the annual school examination round than a reaction follows, a wave of laments over ‘dumbing down’ and the general decline in standards. The whole thing is just too absurdly easy, the cry goes up, as universities struggle to winnow out a superabundance of hopeful candidates. ∙ Now Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, has said hold, enough! The [...].