education and culture
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'.
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.