education and culture
‘Teachers should sensitively teach difficult topics such as suicide, not avoid them altogether’
26 June 2015
Schools and universities are too prepared to insulate students from unpleasant areas of study.
Experts condemn removal of suicide from A-level sociology syllabus
24 June 2015
One of the country’s best known sociologists has condemned an exam board’s decision to remove the topic of suicide from the A-level sociology syllabus.
‘Trigger warnings’ the latest attack on ideas at university
30 May 2015
Exam stress at an all-time high? That pressure is needed to set you up for life
14 May 2015
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.
Islam vs liberalism: the classroom’s silent Culture War
7 April 2015
Teachers are afraid of tackling difficult questions in front of pupils.
18 March 2015
Frank recently appeared on this show produced by 103.2 Dublin City FM.
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.