Anti-racist scientists and their accidental refining of scientific racism
Adam Rutherford is a more than decent science writer and BBC radio broadcaster. He has a book out on 6 Feb called; "How to argue with a racist". He's previewed it with a piece in The Observer and in this...
Poorer students 'under-applying' to universities
Interesting snippet in The Guardian on UCL research which shows that students from poorer backgrounds are much more likely that others to apply to universities and courses which require less than their 6th form achievement. This is 'under-applying' .This is...
Fresh Ed podcast
Will Brehm's Fresh Ed podcast is super resource. Bath staff have appeared on it a number of times (see last post) and the conversations are always refreshing and thought-provoking. Give it a listen!
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The absurdity of Human Capital Theory
Bath's Hugh Lauder is an international authority on the death of Human Capital Theory as a workable, or now even coherent, economic theory. In truth, it's a political and administrative convenience gone way beyond its explanatory power. Yet national and...
A detail about the status quo seems often missed by folk dialoguing on trans issues as they pertain to social policy and education in particular. It's that the 2004 Gender Recognition Act does not conform to theories which dichotomise gender...
Eugenics and The Spectator
Bath is essentially a science university with a strong eye to ensuring as many Bath graduates as possible make good money in their chosen discipline. It's astonishingly effective in this respect, with an enviable reputation for graduate destinations and salaries....
Scientific Racism 2.0
A number of prominent science authors who research in the field of human genetics, including the BBC's Adam Rutherford, have supported a new blogpost by Ewan Birney. Its purpose is ostensibly as an "explainer" aimed at allaying public fears about...
Bias in education expenditure which favoured better-off has disappeared
Here's a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS). It shows how the historical bias in education expenditure which favoured the better-off declined radically in the first decade of this century, and has now disappeared altogether. Readers here will...
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...