Public Education

In 2017, Psychiatry Is Still Misunderstood

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

Psychiatrists are keen to change myths about mental disorders. We are also keen to change public opinion through public engagement. Of course, that's the main reason for writing this. The figures on mental disorders may surprise you. One in five mothers suffer a mental disorder during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth.

An Apology To My Kids - Why The Current Education System Is Failing You

Jaelithe Leigh-Brown | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Parents
Jaelithe Leigh-Brown

Expecting kids to all be at a certain level at the exact same time is on a par to expecting toddlers to all walk at the exact same time. It dismisses your unique gifts, your individuality and forgets that in the long run, you'll all get there in your own time.

Letter to Educators: We Need Histories of Teams, Not Biographies of Individuals

Cassandra Lee Yieng | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Cassandra Lee Yieng

No man is an island, and this is true not only as a life quote but also at the workplace. Therefore we must adopt a teamwork-based curriculum for schools to prepare students adequately for the real world, and this curriculum begins with emphasising histories of teams, rather than biographies of individuals.

Educating Britain

Danielle Wood | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Danielle Wood

School days are the best of your life preaches every parent, everywhere. But, such wisdom is not valuable until you walk out of the school gate for the very last time and shed a tear for your youthful mathematical days.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

Don't Let School Places Become a Political Football When We're Already Building Classrooms in Playgrounds

Gavin Shuker | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Gavin Shuker

Fairness starts with a good education for all; we all know this, as if we learnt it by rote. Why, then, are we in a situation where schools are setting up classrooms on playgrounds, in school halls and even empty offices?

Does Dyslexia Exist?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Dyslexia is characterised by difficultly reading, phonological (auditory) encoding problems, poor processing speed and the inability to use language skills effectively. It's also a reading disorder. Recent Professors from Durham and Yale University have suggested that Dyslexia is a Myth, that dyslexia should be abandoned as it lacks scientific clarity and educational value.

Revisiting the Spirit of Public Education

Shane Chowen | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Shane Chowen

Today, more than 175 years after Horace Mann won the argument for qualified teachers in public education in the US, we find ourselves revisiting debates about the most basic expectations in public education.

Would You Send Your Kids to Private School?

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

The Cambridge Union Society's Press Officer, Oliver Jackson, as the product of a succession of British private schools, discourses on the arguments around the system that educated him.

Advocating Eugenics in the UK Department of Education

Pete Shanks | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Shanks

Dominic Cummings, a senior adviser to the UK Secretary of State for Education, recently provoked a flurry of complaints by allegedly claiming that "a child's performance has more to do with genetic makeup than the standard of his or her education."

Headteacher Forced Children To Kneel Before Him

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Kneeling before royalty is a little twee, but most Britons assent when in the presence of Her Majesty or a member of her extended clan. In the US,...

Poor Web Education is Leaving Millions Out of Pocket

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

While access to the internet is one thing - the government is working to grant 90% of premises across the UK with broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps - education has been overlooked. We need better education so that consumers know about these costs and can make an informed decision.

Britain's Students Need to Learn From Malala

Freya Bromley | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Freya Bromley

Malala spoke about the threat of the Taliban on a Pakistani talk show, "Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right ... If a Talib is coming, I will pull off my sandal and slap him on the face." These words from a 16 year-old-girl put the hundreds of tardy teenagers who cannot bring themselves to get out of bed for school to shame.

A New Day, a New Reason to Protest in Brazil

Rita Lobo | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK
Rita Lobo

Monday night saw over 200,000 Brazilians in Rio, São Paulo, Brasilia and other smaller cities, rise up and resist the repression they faced last week. Over 200,000 citizens, standing together, willing to take the bullets and make their voices heard. And this time there were no rubber bullets, no tear gas.

Why Schools Can Be About More Than Just Academics

Lady Edwina Grosvenor | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Lady Edwina Grosvenor

My point is, if our schools are to remain more than institutions of academia, if we want them to remain the backbone of our communities and a moral compass as well as an educational one, then we need to open up our schools to the support and involvement of local communities and organizations looking to do just that.

Technology and Education: A Match Made in Heaven?

Alex Dyer | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

The education industry has not yet caught up with the daily and continuous changes in technology. Classroom based learning on the other hand, still incorporates note taking from white boards, reading through bulky textbooks and filling-in-the-gaps in hand out after hand out.

The Commoditization of Our Educators

Peter Kellow | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Peter Kellow

In short, the school will become an unhappy place for all but a few who enjoy the rough and tumble - but these do not sound like desirable qualities in an educator. Any sense of working together to create a sound institution in which each and everyone can take a pride will disappear.

Why Britain Needs Grammar Schools

Peter Kellow | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Peter Kellow

Ideally the comprehensive system should improve itself so that its schools could provide an education equivalent to the private schools. But this is never going to happen. It could happen, as it does in other countries, if there were no strong private school sector. But the comprehensive system is simply not designed to compete in this way and cannot by its nature.

Capitalising on the Olympic Spirit

Harbir Kaur | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Harbir Kaur

It seems like it was only yesterday that my family and I were watching the 5 flame-forged rings ascending above the Olympic stadium. Now that we have ...

Seeing is Believing, and Positive Thinking is the Key

Riaz Shah | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Riaz Shah

A recent report from Barnardo's highlighted, once again, the trouble that a lack of government funding is causing for socially disadvantaged young people.