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

I love Dylan, but he shouldn’t get the Nobel Prize

Dylan isn't literature: he's for listening to, not reading.

Workload is a problem in schools because of the ‘McDonaldisation’ of education

English teachers spend more time working than their peers abroad, not because they give more teaching time pupils but because they are compelled to devote too many hours to administrative duties,

Exam stress? Here’s a cat you can cuddle

Encouraging university students to behave as infants will damage both their independence and their studies.

Parents are undermining teachers’ authority – and it’s causing havoc in schools

Parents telling off teachers for sending their children home from school sends mixed messages about authority.

Tutoring subverts the meritocratic ethos associated with grammar schools in the 1960s

‘Schools need to encourage students out of their comfort zone so they can adapt to university’

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.

‘Once you start asking pupils about their teachers, the profession will inevitably be undermined’

Surveys of children not only reveal little beyond the obvious, they are also often used as indirect prompts for influencing schoolchildren.

Boys have internalised the stereotype that they’re not supposed to like books or learning

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.

The ages of distraction

Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it.

When kids are getting arrested, our hypersensitivity about ‘threatening’ emojis is absurd

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