Students who regard higher education as a sophisticated version of school are not being prepared properly for a life of independent learning. Schools need to urge them to take risks.
Surveys of children not only reveal little beyond the obvious, they are also often used as indirect prompts for influencing schoolchildren.
The prevailing cultural script is that boys do not perform as well as girls in exams. As a result, the stereotype has become self-perpetuating.
Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it.
The mixing and meshing of different cultures is something to celebrate.
These creepy leaflets are testament to a much deeper malaise.
Frank joins Richard Aldous to discuss distractions in today’s world. He makes the case that (what we consider to be recent) fears of information overload have a long history and are not, in fact, anything new. He also warns of the dangers of relying too heavily on data and analytics, and not enough on the pursuit of ideas.
Big data, Google Books and the Ngram database are wonderful aids to today’s intellectual problems.