AQA Examiners Should Be Widening A Level Choices Not Narrowing Them

Andy Law | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Andy Law

Maybe it is time for the private sector to get involved. Not in running schools, but in managing extra curricula subjects. An independent privately managed examinations board, run by established experts might pave the way for an education our children will need in the future - more generalist, more illuminating, more global, more thoughtful.

Gotta Catch 'Em All

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Though I am still a neophyte to the weird and wonderful world of Pokemon, I like to think that I can now distinguish Pikachu from Sandshrew; more important to me, though, is the great usefulness of the app in initiating difficult conversations about sexism in Antiquity and today. Perhaps I shall even include it in the syllabus the next time that I teach Ovid!

Classics for the Common Class

Rebecca Marano | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Marano

We need to squash the redundant notion that it is a subject purely for the linguistically capable elite, and open the doors to the less privileged. This subject is not limited only to language study; the ancient world is full of areas of exploration, so let's not pretend academic scholarship must be limited to linguistics. It's time elitism was shunned from the Classics community and Classical Civilisation is accepted and promoted to all.

The dark side of love

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 15.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

To an ancient Greek, images of Eros - Cupid's Greek counterpart - would cause consternation as well, though for different reasons. Far from being the vaguely mischievous angel that we know from numberless ranks of greeting cards, he was actually a hostile and demonic force.

Is it Time for Some New Classic Stories?

Madeleine Thompson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
Madeleine Thompson

As modern books go, I haven't seen much in them that isn't okay for my children to consume. The stories are interesting (the first few times at least - they get a bit much after the twentieth recital), the rhymes are fun, the characters are pretty easy to like. And the big plus - they are much more diverse and not at all offensive/sick/macabre than the fairy tales of old.

Ring-Ring, RING-RING... It's Jamie Oliver!

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Have you ever wanted a phone call from Mr Oliver? Yes. You heard correctly. We're nearly at 1 million subscribers and Jamie will be making some personal thank yous when we cross the line! Plus one lucky winner, wherever you are in the world, will receive a great big bag'o'goodies!

8 Things You'll Only Understand If You're A Classics Student

The Huffington Post UK | Imogen Groome | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A Classics student will be used to all kinds of abuse from their fellow students: "Latin's a dead subject", "All you're doing is reading old books and...

ON ... You'll Never Fail Rediscovering (or Discovering) a Literary Classic

Martin Treanor | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Treanor

Many people disregard the allure of the classic writers, seeing them as old, established, and jaded. Yet, in their day, these writers were the revolutionaries, cutting edge writing with cutting edge messages, and I challenge anyone looking at them anew to place themselves in the mindset of the reader of the time - even swap mental genders if you like - and see them as they were intended.

Don't Abandon Classics In Order To Get A Good Job, Says Oxford

PA | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Children who enjoy history or classics should not feel they have to abandon the subjects in order to get a good job, research has suggested. Opting...

Are the Arts of Any Use?

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jeffrey Gedmin

Today we live in an era of hyper-specialisation. We all drill deeper in our silos. How else can you keep up, let alone get ahead in our frenetic, rapidly changing, competitive world? Yet we seem to get stuck, as the same ideas and arguments get recycled, only faster than ever before (thank technology, social media and the blogosphere).

Why Erotic Makeovers for the Classics Are 50 Shades Too Far

Sam Parker | Posted 16.09.2012 | Home
Sam Parker

Have you had a ride on the 50 Shades Of Grey bandwagon yet? Or is it a gravy train? It's hard to tell - the seats are all swings and the seatbelts are handcuffs. I'd ask the driver, but he's been told to keep zip.