When I started a conversation in Personal about my reading of Rousseau's "Emile" I had two thoughts in my mind.Firstly how reading the book had influenced my teaching, and secondly, in spite of the innumerable educational theorists throughout the centuries, beginning long before "Emile", in fact I believe the vast majority of them, have espoused a version of progressivism both in theory and in practice, we were still burdened with the National Curriculum. We have progressed to some extent. We no longer beat children, students are given great freedoms of choice in their studies, and there are small efforts to encourage a view of education as a life-long process (viz-a-viz "Emile"). So-called failure at school does not mean failure at life. So how is it that as professional teachers we have accepted the National Curriculum so meekly? It appears that politically we have progressed very little, we believe in, or at least accept (thinking we can do nothing about it), the wisdom of our rulers. Free schools (e.g. Summerhill), de-schooling (Ivan Illich) leading to home schooling, and Donald Trump advocating the de-bunking of a core curriculum delivered from Washington (!) seem to be the few remnants remaining of progressivism.