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Thursday 22 December 2011
Let’s celebrate the search for the ‘God particle’
The attempt to understand the fundamental laws of nature is a project that everyone - not just scientists - is a part of.
Monday 7 November 2011
There’s more to science than ridiculing fools
The science-led campaign against TV psychic Sally Morgan has the whiff of a modern-day witch hunt.
Wednesday 25 August 2010
University just isn’t
right for everyone
If you’re going to university simply to improve your CV or ‘find yourself’, maybe it’s time for a rethink.
Wednesday 9 September 2009
Keep teachers’ personal lives private
Teachers should resist the General Teaching Council’s new code of conduct telling them how to behave outside of work.
Wednesday 3 June 2009
Expel these managers from UK schools
Labour’s targets culture in schools means hefty salaries for managers and uninspiring education for kids.
Thursday 7 May 2009
SATs: testing children is not ‘child abuse’
Exams are an important means of assessment. But New Labour has turned them into a tool to micro-manage schools.
Monday 16 March 2009
Students deserve more than ‘crippling simplicity’
Why independent schools are rebelling against the UK government’s dumbed-down national exams.
Monday 15 December 2008
Jim Rose: education becomes a sideshow
The government’s review of primary education is about training children to conform to political pieties.
Thursday 18 September 2008
Creationism: why we need open debate
The Royal Society’s cowardly decision to force out its education director shows its inability to defend science.
Wednesday 23 April 2008
I’d like to teach the world to think...
The introduction of ‘thinking skills’ in British schools treats educational thought as a learned behaviour. But children are not dogs to be trained.
Tuesday 19 February 2008
The big bang implosion of Physics
In cutting their funding of the physical sciences, and devaluing science education, the US and UK governments are committing ‘scientific vandalism’.
Wednesday 24 October 2007
Scientists should never be censored
In turning James Watson into a pariah, Britain’s scientific community failed miserably in its responsibility to challenge unreason through open debate.
Thursday 16 November 2006
Behind Blair’s ‘bigging up’ of science
There's more to scientific endeavour than meeting confused government targets.
Wednesday 6 September 2006
Drax protesters: radicals for austerity
In the name of reducing CO2 emissions, greens are demonising mass electricity production – one of the marvels of the modern age.
Tuesday 15 August 2006
Teach science for science’s sake
Replacing physics, chemistry and biology with lessons in 'scientific literacy' will make children more wary of science in general.
Thursday 20 April 2006
The creation of a phantom enemy
It is the scientific establishment's own self-doubt that lies at the root of the furore over creationism.
Tuesday 14 March 2006
Intelligent design and educational stupidity
Worried about the rise of creationism in UK schools? This teacher blames the timidity of the science establishment.
Tuesday 14 February 2006
Testing adult authority
The UK government wants to turn teachers into shock troops against kids' bad behaviour. Not surprisingly, teachers aren't too keen.
Wednesday 30 November 2005
How can teenagers hope to study physics, when the educational establishment thinks that abstract thought is beyond them?
Monday 21 November 2005
Faith no more
The spat over faith schools reveals the rotten core of British education.
3 March 2014
It is the West, not Russia, that has behaved recklessly in Ukraine
27 February 2014
Woolwich: butchery is not a thought crime
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Man of Steel
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