Should I Go To University, Dad?

BY FRANK HAVILAND Once the envy of the world, British Education has lost its way of late. While we still have world-class institutions, almost three quarters of Britain’s universities have slipped down the world rankings. This is not a coincidence. Education has been on the slide for decades now, something successive administrations have desperately tried to quell with soundbites. For John Major it was ‘back … Continue reading Should I Go To University, Dad?

No Country for Straight White Men

BY STEPHEN PAX LEONARD The weather was disagreeable: damp, diffident and almost apologetic. It was not surprising. It was a Tuesday. The morning toast sat there silently, waiting to be marmaladed, and for a moment the world seemed heavy and inert, devoid of banter and silliness. It was borne in upon me that this Tuesday morning was going to be a long and uneventful one. … Continue reading No Country for Straight White Men

Chinese Target UK Universities

BY JACK LAU U.S. intelligence agencies are encouraging American research universities to develop protocols for monitoring students and visiting scholars from Chinese state-affiliated research institutions, as U.S. suspicion toward China spreads to academia. Since last year, FBI officials have visited at least 10 members of the Association of American Universities, a group of 62 research universities, with an unclassified list of Chinese research institutions and … Continue reading Chinese Target UK Universities

Farming Education: The Country Trust

An Important Press Release from Our Friends at The Country Trust:  Leaving the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy provides an opportunity for agricultural reform. The government has launched a consultation for the future of food, farming and the environment and wants to know your thoughts on the future of agricultural policy in England. The Country Trust is particularly keen to see that education remains as a … Continue reading Farming Education: The Country Trust

Corbyn: Credit Where Credit’s Due

BY BEN EAGLE For anyone who reads my blog it’s probably clear that I’m not overly happy with the direction our country has been going in recent years. The drive to ‘let the market decide’ has, I believe, gone too far and we have forgotten the benefits that collective support can bring, instead opting for some sort of inward-focused, individualistic journey through life. Don’t get … Continue reading Corbyn: Credit Where Credit’s Due

The Most Prestigious UK Public Schools

BY HARRIET WARD School league tables are often more reflective of tough entrance criteria than quality of teaching or school prestige. It may well be that many generations of a particular family have attended the same public school and that great-grandson Charlie was accepted into a particular public school because he’s one of a long line even though his IQ is not quite at the … Continue reading The Most Prestigious UK Public Schools

Schools Should Educate, Not Indoctrinate

BY SAM WHITE If you were uncertain about whether your kids were being imparted with a balanced, impartial view of the world by their school teachers, then you can stop doubting and be sure: they definitely are not. Over at the TES (formerly the Times Educational Supplement) a little while ago, Oliver Beach (pictured below), a former economics teacher and part of the BBC’s Tough … Continue reading Schools Should Educate, Not Indoctrinate