Last Tuesday Lord Goldsmith delivered a report on citizenship that included suggestions for making people more British. One idea is to create a rite of passage ceremony to mark the end of citizenship education at school. Another is a new national public holiday "to celebrate the bond of shared citizenship".
Also tomorrow, the ATL teachers' union will debate whether the culture of celebrity is promoting misguided aspirations among British pupils. Certainly we're collectively granting celebrities a lot of our attention. We came through reality TV, talent shows and social media to find ourselves facing a surplus: the overproduction of celebrities. It's probably having a deflationary effect on the value of our regard. More immediately, being in thrall to celebrity has made it less clear what we value as a society - other than SMS votes. It might make sense to celebrate people who display virtue or a practised excellence. But there's something unegalitarian about that, isn't there?
So, what values do we elevate? What do we celebrate together as a society? And whatever happened to that fourth plinth in Trafalgar - no more heroes?