It is time to wake up. In different ways many of us have done it, uttered sweeping, dangerous slurs - the "don't be gay" type comment is one I have heard unchallenged far too often. But it is the urgent responsibility of each of us, right now, to be precise about what speech we employ...
What we see today - the radicalisation of young British Muslims, the alienation and marginalisation from mainstream society and joining ISIL / Islamic State - has not happened overnight. It has been a slow and painful slide into the abyss.
The poet in question is 25 year old Jess Green, a native of Leicester and graduate of Liverpool. She's part of a new wave of young UK poets (including the likes of Kate tempest, Hollie Mcnish and Dizraeli) who are carrying on in the traditions of Betjeman and Cooper Clarke by creating thought provoking and accessible poetry about peoples everyday joys and struggles.
The "balance fallacy" in the commemorations of the First World War means we forget the real reason millions died. "There are two sides to every stor...
Michael Gove was amongst the longest serving education secretaries in Britain since World War II. Committed personally as well as professionally to the intellectual values that Britain has historically championed, Gove knew what he wanted to do.
More important than the highs and lows of a political career - is that the most enduring legacy of Michael Gove's tenure, has been the creation of a grassroots British education reform movement, that will continue for many years to come.
The main culprit is not the curriculum content or assessment design or even the management style. It's actually the lack of space and time within the structure that causes so much of the stress and disharmony. Education toxicity swells as basic human needs are left unattended in the system.
Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on David Cameron's reshuffle of 'pale, stale males'; the demotion of Michael Gove to chief whip; and the 'high five' between Cameron and his nemesis, Jean Claude Juncker? Here's the political week in 60 seconds - before we take our summer break.
The skeletons in my closet have been going through a bit of a reshuffle too. It's all the rage. With cries of rage and anguish from those who think that teachers do nothing anyway, schools have reached the summer break and there's time for clearing out the closets and tidying the loft.
For many the appointment of Morgan will be met with a great sigh of relief. Many education professionals have described their relationship with Michael Gove as the worst of any Education Secretary. If Morgan is to be successful in her role she will have to establish an agenda that is far more progressive than Gove had put forward.
You may not agree with Jackson's choice of President, but the point is that in this age of infotainment - that hybrid of news and showbiz that has largely taken over the United States and is gaining hold here, too - it's important that we wake up and stay awake.
Men are either sycophants or narcissists. A fortunate few can even be both, such as the frankly scary Dominic Cummings, a close ally of Education Secretary Michael Gove and a person who is unlikely to have ever uttered the words: 'Sorry, you're right.'
Education secretary Michael Gove recently declared that all 20,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK, stating that this government 'will put the promotion of British values at the heart of what every school has to deliver for children'. But this raises several questions, most importantly: what actually are "British" values?
The recent high profile media coverage of so called Islamist takeover of Birmingham schools has been really interesting to follow, yet equally depressing .There is a real Islamophobic drive within this some of the background and context of this...
The problem with the news is that it can often be uncomfortable, bleak and serious. Some things can't be given a positive or acerbic spin, and this week reminds us more than most...
I'm tired of getting up in the morning and hearing of the latest Muslim plot to take over the school/the city/the world (delete as appropriate); tired of being told that praying five times a day at a mosque is extremist; tired of being treated like being a Muslim is like having some kind of disease (and if you go to Pizza Express you might catch it too, sorry about that). Having a long beard or wearing a niqab may well be religiously conservative but it is not extremist. And there is no evidence that religious conservatism within Islam leads to violence and extremism.