The education secretary, Michael Gove, has resat several modules of the national curriculum for England that he proposed in February and come up with some important improvements . But after the discovery that some of the assertions he made to justify his “knowledge-based” core curriculum had only the flimsiest of evidence, the need for a radical overhaul is more questionable than ever. The timetable for introduction at the start of the 2014 school year remains eye-wateringly tight, resources are scarce and major exam reforms will not all be ready. Teachers are still anxious about how prescriptive the curriculum remains. And at the heart of the debate is the unresolved question of whether facts or method take priority.