This short book is intended as an angry, but measured response to the Government's new National Curriculum proposals for Design and Technology and Art and Design in England. However its scope is much wider than national or 'subject' boundaries, as it is written from the standpoint of Design Education. The new curriculum proposals are frankly astonishing. They are a tired re-hash of old-fashioned approaches and ideas. How such a document came to be written is hard to understand but the result is not recognizable either as current good practice, or as the views of any of the organizations who might have been consulted for informed and authoritative proposals.