It was recently found that more 18-year-olds in the UK have a Facebook account than are registered to vote. Indeed, according to Experian, more than a million 18-year-olds are signed up to Facebook compared to only 520 000 on the electoral role.
It is right that schools are competitive environments because a school is a microcosm of real society. A debating tournament is not won by the fastest or the strongest or the man who grafts.
The Youth Index, an annual report by The Prince's Trust, provides an insight into how young people feel about their lives across a range of areas from family life to physical health. This year's findings show a significantly lower index number for young people who claim to have lacked structure and direction while growing up than for their peers.
We cannot opt-out of History: the past a compulsory part of our shared knowledge and culture, forming our national identity. To continue down the road of its slow eradication in schools is to risk losing this common identity for future generations.
One of the most short sighted policies that the Conservative led government has pushed through has been the abolition of the Education Maintenance Grant.
The English baccalaureate is having positive effects on many subjects chosen at GCSE and A-Level but increasingly so it seems, having devastating effe...
Much as though - I suppose - Twitter are to be congratulated on reaching the 100 Million user milestone last week, the news that carpet-baggers (sorry - hedge fund managers) are now using random samples of trending topics on Twitter to decide what to gamble on (sorry - invest in), brings 'dumbing-down' to a new, all-time low.
As I type this, the British government has just pledged to financially support the International Committee of the Red Cross as it steps up essential help for those injured during Libya's week of conflict, with aid for up to 5,000 wounded, along with food and household essentials for another 690,000. The announcement comes as a quiet reminder that in amongst the headline-grabbing images of rebels waltzing their way round Gaddafi's glitzy mansion, this uprising, like the others that preceded it across the Middle East and Africa this year, this has not been a conflict without horrific casualties.
Thursday was GCSE results day. By 9am various parts of the media had whipped themselves up into a collective frenzy over the news that grades were hig...
I failed my GCSEs spectacularly. Worse really was my reluctance to study for them those months/weeks beforehand. I somehow believed I would pass even though I did no work, except for maybe one subject.