• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Theme: education and culture

Focus fracas

When I told my American colleagues at a sociology conference this summer that I expect my students to read Émile Durkheim’s 'Suicide', they reacted with incredulity.

The power of reading: why picking up a book can say so much about you

Books are dangerous

Contagion, poison and trigger. The idea that books are dangerous has a long history, and holds a kernel of truth.

The death of free speech

As Germaine Greer is branded 'transphobic' by student feminists, a top academic attacks the self-righteous zealots censoring history and literature and crushing debate in our universities.

Let’s scotch the myth that boys don’t read

The assertion that boys don’t read has acquired the status of an incontrovertible truth, but Frank Furedi is struggling with the evidence.

The internet is not killing reading

Digital technology is actually fuelling a love of literature.

We must instil a love of reading in students

Academics have to affirm reading’s value and help undergraduates develop this high-level skill by setting them whole books, argues Frank Furedi.

The media’s first moral panic

The popularity of Goethe’s novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, was blamed for a spate of suicides. Frank Furedi argues that it set a trend for manufactured outrage that is with us still.

Age of Distraction

Why the idea digital devices are destroying our concentration and memory is a myth.

The phonics v whole-word battle has always been about politics, not pedagogy

The strange history of the 'reading wars' shows that they were never really about teaching.

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