Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, said recently that private schools should be stripped of their charitable status for failing to sponsor academies and struggling state schools in poor areas. Through my personal experience of the private education system and my current work to provide academies with cost effective extra-curricular programs, I couldn't agree with him more.
Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.
Picture yourself at the gym with a personal trainer. They've got you working out on the treadmill and they keep upping the pace. You feel physically sick but you can't get off because you fear being humiliated - deemed to have failed by the Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator you hired to shout irreverent slogans at you in the hope they might make your life happier...
Gang violence, street vandalism and judgemental teenagers. What's next? The list is endless, trust me. As a teen, I have witnessed bullying, self-harm and drug abuse from just people around me. Today's society is falling apart and our generation must get into gear before it is too late.
The piece revolves around the concept that when trying to confront the issue of talking to disabled people the advice is always negative, always a list of "don't"s and rarely "do"s. Mr Hoge then states that most of these are the opinion of the authors and then gives a list that he states are things "you can say to someone with a disability".
'Seriously, guys,' said Nick, coming back from the buffet car carrying three takeaway lattes in one of those elaborate egg-carton cup carriers. 'Guys. Seriously.' 'God Nick, what now?' David was looking tired while Ed slurped his latte gratefully and quickly.
With the polls tightening and the bookmakers shortening their odds, there is now a very real chance that Scottish people will vote for independence in two weeks time... However, one of the most positive contributions has been the Scottish Government's commitment to a 'do no harm' arms exports policy in the event of a Yes vote.
Mental health the big talking point in the world from the United States to us back at home in the UK. We seem to be united on thinking it should be a priority, so why have the United Nations cut it off their radar?
We are currently in an professional environment where research-driven process is not being balanced by common sense. Even with all its failings there should always be a place for the dissenting voice born through experience to keep in check the march of the technocrat born through academic research.
It's simple, really. It's not about flavour or fat content at all. If lamb wants to find its way into more American mouths, it just needs to get onto the promotional bandwagon, toot its own horn, and recast itself as "the Cute Meat" or "Lamb - we're not all baaaaad" or similar slogan. Hire Beyonce to one-up Lady Gaga and wear a lamb dress.
Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...
It still saddens me to hear about the sad, sad loss of a much loved actor, Robin Williams. Robin contributed much effort and passion towards acting, M...
The British broadcast media thinks nothing of showing graphic photos of death - with a little rider that some people mind find them disturbing or upsetting of course. Damn right I do! So here's an idea. Don't show them.
Our involvement in war and arms must be confronted; we cannot continue to collude with criminals and must own up to the roles that we play. Too many have suffered and too many are suffering.
The reality is that the footage we, war journalists, capture in the field isn't always 'striking' or insightful. In many cases we are forced to stand a good way from the frontline for our own safety, or if we are on the frontline, we can't stay there for long... unmanned remote control drones fitted with high definition gyroscopic cameras will change the role of the war reporter.
Why do people choose to do the things they do as a collective? There must be a reason. Why is morality a lost priority amongst the masses these days? Perhaps the bigger question is why our institutions and religions are crumbling?