education and culture
New philosophy A-level curriculum – Gove’s debased gold standard
4 March 2014
The draft philosophy A-level drops texts in favour of extracts and replaces a love of knowledge with utilitarian 'transferable skills'.
Culture War: the narcissism of minor differences
12 February 2014
Ideological battles have been usurped by petty, bitter clashes over lifestyle.
In praise of the university lecture and its place in academic scholarship
10 December 2013
The lecture is not just for students – it helps academics see the strengths and weaknesses of their research.
The Pisa global league table overlooks cultural factors that incentivize learning
4 December 2013
It is cultural norms in communities that orient children towards education.
Pisa: top of the class for dumbing down
3 December 2013
The OECD’s international league table of education teaches us nothing.
Schoolkids: prisoners of their genes?
14 October 2013
Let’s bash the idea that some kids aren’t genetically cut out for learning.
Teaching is not some kind of clinical cure
TES magazine ,
4 October 2013
‘Evidence-based’ education and the dogma of ‘scientism’ are fads. The complexity of the classroom requires greater sophistication.
Furedi criticises ‘methodologically naive’ education research
Times Higher Education,
15 September 2013
A leading sociologist has attacked the application of so-called “‘evidence’-based policy” – and much of the research lying behind it – to education. By Matthew Reisz.
Cutting a pound of flesh from Shakespeare
10 September 2013
Rewriting The Merchant of Venice to ‘tackle its anti-Semitism’ is a very foolish endeavour.
Keep the scourge of scientism out of schools
9 September 2013
Why evidence-based teaching methods are a bad idea.