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Should we Acquiesce in the Notion of an Under-Class?

May 31, 2012


There was a famous sketch performed long ago in an episode of the Frost Report where three men standing alongside one other represented the three then generally accepted socio-economic classes within society. Each was a caricature based upon traits commonly taken to have been present in individuals of that particular class. It is most likely […]

The Liberal Arts, A.C. Grayling and the Catholic Church

May 16, 2012


The New College of Humanities is a recently established academic institution based in London. It is the project of well-known academics such as A.C. Grayling and Richard Dawkins. Students, alongside their chosen degree, will be required to study a few core modules emulating the liberal arts method of many North American colleges. A number of […]

Screwtape and Selective Education

April 4, 2012


Last week Kent County Council approved plans for a grammar school to establish a satellite school in Sevenoaks. The satellite would share the name of the founding school and come under the same executive oversight. It will be, as it were, a new branch of the existing school with the same educational ethos. Note that […]

Protecting the Failing: At What Cost for our Future?

February 8, 2012


The latest issue of the Sunday Times carried the following headline: ‘School Chief: 5,000 Heads are no good’. The recently appointed Chief Inspector of Ofsted, the regulatory body charged with school performance, had been interviewed. Sir Michael Wilshaw had been Headmaster of an institution fêted as an exemplary Academy-status school. The Mossbourne School is in […]

Chimps may be ‘97% Human’, but they’re 0% Homo Sapiens

January 30, 2012


From a guest blogger: What is it that St. Peter’s Basilica, Climate Change, the Euro Crisis and Beethoven’s Ode to Joy have in common? I shall not keep you guessing. All four demonstrate that humans are not only special, but also without doubt the most special of creatures on Planet Earth. Consider for a moment […]

An Educational Innovation?

November 2, 2011


The failings of inner-city schools have long provided commentators and policy makers with subject-matter. They have been productive of guilt-ridden attempts at solutions. Last week, in The Times we read an article of interest on this topic. Greg Martin, Head of the Durand Academy, a primary school, has purchased a former boarding school in the […]

Education, Education, Education (and Subsidiarity)

June 17, 2011


A question for readers: what is the difference between a Free School, an Academy, and a Swedish School? No, it is not that the latter boasts clog-shod teachers trained in ABBA dance routines, but that they are simply different names for what is essentially the same idea, introduced by the previous Labour Government, and extended […]