To Silence a Mockingbird

BY MANDY BALDWIN I mean it when I say, if I were writing this in pen and ink, it would be blotched with my tears. Mississippi schools have taken Harper Lee’s masterwork, To Kill A Mockingbird, off the schools reading list, as some parents find it ‘disturbing’. What’s really ‘disturbing’ of course, are the implications of suppressing a masterpiece because it offends idiots. To Kill … Continue reading To Silence a Mockingbird

Monbiot’s Unintended Consequences

BY DAVID EYLES Don’t get me wrong about all this – I’m rather fond of George Monbiot’s writing. It is always entertaining and there is plenty to get your teeth into to get the argumentative juices flowing. His book – Feral – is just as you would expect. It is well written, almost poetic in places, spattered with knowledgeable asides about ecological systems and natural … Continue reading Monbiot’s Unintended Consequences

The True Believer

BY PATRICK MILLER For men to plunge headlong into an undertaking of vast change, they must be intensely discontented yet not destitute, and they must have the feeling that by the possession of some potent doctrine, infallible leader or some new technique they have access to a source of irresistible power. They must also have an extravagant conception of the prospects and potentialities of the … Continue reading The True Believer

Kipling’s Future is Secure

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN The future of education will hinge around pupils’ skills at source valuing and judgment. In a world where the best teachers will be available to pupils in hologram format, what other skills will pupils have to hone? Stimulated beyond our imaginations, their task will be to ride the knowledge stream and skilfully embrace the real while avoiding the fake; recognising that at times secondary … Continue reading Kipling’s Future is Secure