I wouldn't have managed in life very easily without Maths and especially English I've needed them daily all my life. I'm also in no way against science (I actually have a Physics A level) but I'm sure that I could have got by with a rudementary knowledge of the sciences and not been too badly off. In the same way that I get by with a potted history of the world and a spattering of RE. Do we take it for granted that Science is a core subject and never question the validity of it's inclusion? What is the justification for it's inclusion (other than tradition)? Who made the original decision that Science should be a core subject? I know this is going to rub some people up the wrong way and that really isn't the intention. I've just been wondering, thats all.