Education

Tories move to raise the standard of teachers

2 July 2009 11:52

Michael Gove’s speech today is another sign that the Tories are serious about raising educational standards. In it, Gove proposes…

Are You Smarter than a French Teenager?

18 June 2009 15:32

The Bac began today with, as is traditional, the philosophy paper. Via Charles Bremner and Art Goldhammer, here are some…

Teaching Ten Year Olds To Find Terrorists

9 June 2009 21:42

From the Departments of a) Modern Britain and b) Modern Childhood. The Lancashire Telegraph reports: Primary school pupils are to…

Exams good enough for the rich are good enough for the poor too

14 April 2009 17:00

Here’s an interesting – and, for once, encouraging – development. Motherwell College (soon to be moving to a new campus…

The Next Labour Manifesto

5 March 2009 0:14

Taking a cue from Vogue and other glossy mags, the New Statesman has decided to liven things up attract some…

The Oxbridge Elitism Debate: Lynne Featherstone Intervenes

27 February 2009 17:53

I always worry about attacks on the so-called elitism of our top universities. It strikes me that academic excellence must…

“Socialism in one clause”?

13 January 2009 16:20

Peter Hoskin is right to be suspicious of the government’s latest ploy: mandating that all public bodies have a statutory…

Chart of the Day

19 November 2008 15:37

Nuff said, methinks. Vouchers and proper school choice programmes aren’t the only answer, of course, but it’s simple decency to…

Choice is for me, not for thee

13 November 2008 18:46

Gabriel Sherman’s written a very entertaining piece on the furious competition between Washington’s elite private schools to enroll the Obama…

Education Briefing

7 August 2008 16:05

The best political programme of the 1980s explains school choice – and the opposition to it. As always Yes, Minister…

England, Their F***ing England

30 June 2008 11:16

Amazing. Pupils are being rewarded for writing obscenities in their GCSE English examinations even when it has nothing to do…

O tempora, o mores!

6 June 2008 15:46

Guardianista logic: I like classics I think classics should be promoted Boris Johnson promotes the classics Boris Johnson is a…

Tales from Labour Britain: Illegal Document Department

27 May 2008 18:57

Via Samizdata, this seems to be a quite appalling story. The Guardian reports that: A masters student researching terrorist tactics…

The Frippery of a Rounded Education

23 May 2008 10:00

Chris Woodhead, the former head of the schools inspectorate in England and Wales, argues that many private schools are, to…

O tempora, o mores!

8 December 2007 23:52

More Paddington Bear blogging: Paddington, the bear from Peru, will be arrested and interrogated over his immigration status in a…

Back to school: “Choice is for me, not for thee” edition…

2 November 2007 5:09

To return to schools. Did you know that it’s a bad thing for a school to be popular? Nor did…

Trick or Treat or Voucher?

1 November 2007 1:21

Megan McArdle has been on a rare old tear recently, pushing the argument for school choice, here and here and…

Midgets need not apply?

28 October 2007 18:31

Via Arthur Goldhammer – curator of the excellent French Politics blog which has become an invaluable resource for keeping up…

The problem with targets

19 October 2007 18:42

Merit pay, eh? Normally I’m all for hopping on the teachers-unions-are-spawn-of-the-devil bandwagon. But they’re right to think that performance-related pay,…

Swedes 1 Turnips 0 (Again).

1 October 2007 21:35

It’s a question I’ve asked before, but it’s worth revisiting: if school choice is a nefarious right-wing plot to keep…

Are you smarter than a Harvard student? Probably…

19 September 2007 18:34

God knows how reliable this sort of sillyness really is (not very, probably) but: Students at many of the country’s…

Krugman speaks sense on education. He just doesn’t know it.

28 August 2007 18:26

I have no interest whatsoever in health policy, but I am interested in education. Paul Krugman’s column yesterday mocked one…

Dumb Britain

16 August 2007 19:26

The Assault on Reason continues: A-Level results are out today in the UK and, amazingly, our kids is learning even…

A view to a kill in the morning*

14 August 2007 3:34

Ah, August. Season of twits and sillyness. How else would the papers ever be filled? Even so, I confess to…