While the politics of fear has so far gripped the campaign to remain in the EU, there is one shining beacon of hope left for anyone who believes in a principled debate around one of the most important decisions to be made in British political history: democracy. The lack of discussion around the issue is […]Read more "Why I am voting to leave the EU"
What is to be done with assessment? This seems to be on the lips of many teachers, head teachers, parents and, even, students at the moment. Recent revelations that teachers may have been fixing assessments and results, helping students unduly and outside of the regulated amounts with coursework and other non-exam assessments. This has been […]Read more "Assessing the education system"
Is Donald Trump the most dangerous man in American or just an old-reactionary fart? Despite losing the Iowa caucus to the conservative-Evangelist, Ted Cruz, the stink Trump has made over the past several months has left many worried about who will hold the Presidential seat by the end of 2016. Last month British MPs debated […]Read more "Trump, not the only bad smell"
What would the world look like without the arts and humanities? Well, in the not too distant future we may know. The relentless drive in the English education system to push STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, may bring that dystopian nightmare to fruition. Education has been hijacked by philistines whose only belief is […]Read more "Why the arts and humanities are still important"
More and more students are demanding instant gratification from their teachers, lecturers and institutions. Whether it’s their demand for the right grade, to be taught by their preferred teacher or lecturer, or to have ‘dangerous’ and ‘harmful’ topics and speakers censored, students want to assert power over their education. Students, or at least a very […]Read more "Let’s take entitlement out of education"
According to research released this week by Dr Rebecca Harris of the University of Bolton, loneliness is a growing problem facing not only the old, but people of working age, too. She found that more than a quarter (27 per cent) of respondents only interact socially with others once a week or less because they’re […]Read more "The loneliness of the long-terrified youngsters"
When I began my undergraduate course in politics and sociology in September 2010, I was looking forward to getting stuck in to some serious ideas and discussions with my peers. The opening core module for the politics side of my degree dealt with ‘essentially contested concepts’. After a few weeks of discussing liberalism, Marxism, conservatism […]Read more "University should never be a ‘safe space’"