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  • The 'Education is broken' trope

    There's a piece in this week's Observer entitled; "Our failing education system means its still no easier to climb life's ladder". The notion of an education system failing wholesale is of course a trope popular amongst people who want radical...

  • Academic freedom and non-democracies

    Many UK universities have close academic relationships with non-democratic states. The reasons, often to do with income and helping states modernise their societies and infrastucture, are well-rehearsed. There's a story in the papers at the moment, though, where the compromises...

  • Hold the front page - Michael FD Young has had second thoughts about knowledge in the curriculum

    'The other' Michael Young, the one who's still alive, author of Knowledge and Control (1971) and still a full professor at UCL, has changed his mind about knowledge in the curriculum. He's with the right's ED Hirsch now on that stuff,...

  • Oli Mould; "Against Creativity", on FreshEd

    FreshEd Podcast is always a rewarding listen. This one sees geographer @olimould of Royal Holloway talking about how creativity is increasingly characterised in economic terms. Oli has a book out; "Against Creativity". His ideas seem really quite righteous. Go on,...

  • 'Blueprint' - The stealthy return of Scientific Racism?

    "Blueprint: How DNA makes us who we are" - by Kings College, London's Professor Robert Plomin, is due out on 4 October. Publisher Penguin Allen Lane is in the UK giving review copies only to people who will give the book...

  • Wellington College and England's Festival of Education

    The annual Festival of Education at Wellington College is sponsored by the Daily Telegraph. It's part of the new nexus of 'evidence-based' organisations steadily growing around schools in the independent and state academies sectors. Speakers are varied, from serious scholars...

  • ResearchED

    ResearchED is a growing organisation which says it exists to bring research to bear on the everyday practice of education. It doesn't conduct research, although some of its staff and associated teachers do write 'how to teach' or 'where education...