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“Showing Too Much Thigh”: Sexual Harassment in Schools

My 14 year-old niece’s school recently instructed her and her classmates to ensure the lengths of their skirts were in line with uniform regulations. This was premised on the need to avoid “compromising male staff and students” by “showing too much thigh” while “walking upstairs or even just sitting down”. A similarly worded email was …

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Things that annoy and worry me about debates around Philosophy in education

In my view, Philosophy is a distinct, interesting and valuable area of the curriculum. For this reason, Twitter debates about Philosophy in schools frequently upset and enrage me. Most recently for example, in this discussion, Philosophy was described as ‘critical thinking lite‘, a view I fundamentally disagree with. However, before I respond to that claim I …

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Why Education Reformers Can’t Just Ignore Democracy

 Democracy sucks. When an intelligent leader loves their people and has a clear vision for getting to utopia, having to explain your point so that people will vote for you is a massive inconvenience. All that voting and debating: it’s expensive, it slows down your brilliant plans and what if – after all that effort – the …

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