3 October 2013

McDonaldising the student soul

In today’s McUniversities, ‘graduate attributes’ are being used to create McStudents with no individuality.

4 September 2013

Three cheers for the Mickey MOOCs University?

Massive open online courses, like too many modern universities, can only offer qualifications, not education.

17 July 2013

You want a first with that fee?

With university degrees now organised like training schemes, no wonder the marks are going up.

19 March 2013

Teaching students
to think racially

Race theory is dividing university students, with whites depicted as racist, and blacks as permanently oppressed.

15 January 2013

Maybe teachers’ morale is not low enough

A gloomy survey of teachers missed the most depressing thing of all: the loss of any sense of what education is for.

1 November 2012

Stop policing the university

With every police-led intervention into campus life, the freedom to debate and argue is diminished.

10 October 2012

Be a ‘know all’, not a lifelong learner

The redefinition of students as ‘learners’ speaks to the hollowing-out of the knowledge base of education.

21 March 2012

‘Billy No Mates’: the new role model

Some UK schools are banning ‘best friends’ to spare children the heartbreak of falling out. Bad move.

1 March 2012

Turning professors into social engineers

Obsessed with furnishing student-consumers with skills, universities now merely train where once they enlightened.