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

Universities hand students soft toys, puppies and bubble wrap to ease stress
The Sunday Times, 11 September 2016
Cats are among the animals offered by universities to calm stressed students, reports Sian Griffiths.

Exam stress? Here’s a cat you can cuddle
The Sunday Times, 11 September 2016
Encouraging university students to behave as infants will damage both their independence and their studies.

Parents are undermining teachers’ authority – and it’s causing havoc in schools
International Business Times, 8 September 2016
Parents telling off teachers for sending their children home from school sends mixed messages about authority.

Tutoring subverts the meritocratic ethos associated with grammar schools in the 1960s
TES, 28 August 2016

‘Schools need to encourage students out of their comfort zone so they can adapt to university’
TES, 26 June 2016
Students who regard higher education as a sophisticated version of school are not being prepared properly for a life of independent learning. Schools need to urge them to take risks.

‘Once you start asking pupils about their teachers, the profession will inevitably be undermined’
TES, 29 May 2016
Surveys of children not only reveal little beyond the obvious, they are also often used as indirect prompts for influencing schoolchildren.

Boys have internalised the stereotype that they’re not supposed to like books or learning
TES, 23 April 2016
The prevailing cultural script is that boys do not perform as well as girls in exams. As a result, the stereotype has become self-perpetuating.

The ages of distraction
Aeon, 8 April 2016
Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it.

When kids are getting arrested, our hypersensitivity about ‘threatening’ emojis is absurd
International Business Times, 1 March 2016

In praise of cultural appropriation
spiked, 15 February 2016
The mixing and meshing of different cultures is something to celebrate.

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