education and culture
How the Internet and social media are changing culture
The Aspen Institute,
16 February 2015
It is no doubt that the Internet and the social media are powerful instruments for mobilization of people. However, it is not its own technological imperative that allows the social media to play a prominent role in social protest.
Fifty Shades Of Grey: Why has porn become mainstream?
International Business Times,
28 January 2015
As the widely anticipated film version of best-selling novel Fifty Shades Of Grey hits the cinemas on Valentine's Day, sociology professor Frank Furedi explores why porn has become mainstream. Interview by Samantha Payne.
The question no one can answer: What does it mean to be British?
1 December 2014
How can we teach British values to kids if we don’t know what British values are?
It will take more than an oath to improve our schools
13 October 2014
Making teachers swear loyalty to their profession won’t repair their authority.
Tom and Jerry racist? No, the real bigots are those who want to rewrite history
4 October 2014
Today, we laugh at tales about finger-wagging Victorian prigs who wanted to cover up piano legs for fear of inflaming erotic passions, but the modern dogmatists are just as bad.
Greg Clark appointed universities and science minister – open thread
15 July 2014
What changes do you hope the new minister will introduce? Sector figures share their thoughts.
‘Trojan horse’ schools – built in Westminister
10 June 2014
The DfE has long urged parental involvement in schools - here's the result.
A Boost for Active Learning
Inside Higher Ed,
13 May 2014
By Doug Lederman.
Let’s make Paine’s Age of Reason a reality
11 April 2014
Burke's paternalism won out over Paine's liberalism. Let the fightback begin.
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'.