Frank Furedi

Sociologist, commentator and author of Culture of Fear, Where Have All The Intellectuals Gone?, Paranoid Parenting, Therapy Culture, and On Tolerance: In Defence of Moral Independence.

education and culture

Books are dangerous
AEON, 6 November 2015
Contagion, poison and trigger. The idea that books are dangerous has a long history, and holds a kernel of truth.

The death of free speech
Daily Mail, 31 October 2015
As Germaine Greer is branded 'transphobic' by student feminists, a top academic attacks the self-righteous zealots censoring history and literature and crushing debate in our universities.

Let’s scotch the myth that boys don’t read
Telegraph, 24 October 2015
The assertion that boys don’t read has acquired the status of an incontrovertible truth, but Frank Furedi is struggling with the evidence.

The internet is not killing reading
Prospect, 22 October 2015
Digital technology is actually fuelling a love of literature.

We must instil a love of reading in students
Times Higher Education, 15 October 2015
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
History Today, 15 October 2015
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
Independent, 11 October 2015
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
TES, 6 October 2015
The strange history of the 'reading wars' shows that they were never really about teaching.

Spot the little terrorist in your classroom
spiked, 1 July 2015
Why it’s wrong to turn teachers into spies on ‘extremist’ kids.

Trigger warnings are educational suicide
spiked, 29 June 2015
Taking Durkheim's Suicide out of schools is madness.

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