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

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.

Spot the little terrorist in your classroom

Why it’s wrong to turn teachers into spies on ‘extremist’ kids.

Trigger warnings are educational suicide

Taking Durkheim's Suicide out of schools is madness.

‘Teachers should sensitively teach difficult topics such as suicide, not avoid them altogether’

Schools and universities are too prepared to insulate students from unpleasant areas of study.

‘Trigger warnings’ the latest attack on ideas at university

Exam stress at an all-time high? That pressure is needed to set you up for life

The epidemic of exam stress is more likely due to the medicalisation of children’s existential experience than the result of classroom pressure. One of the unintended consequences of adult society’s attempt to immunise children from the burdens of life is to pathologise pressure.

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