A couple of weeks ago, Theresa May’s new Conservative government took us back to 1997. Fear not: we’ve not returned to the days before the Human Rights Act 1998, but the grammar school is back. Due to the Labour-introduced ban on the creation of grammar schools and Conservative efforts to turn under-performing schools into academies, … More Selection Problems
A couple of weeks ago, I dispersed some thoughts on David Turner’s new book The Old Boys, on the history of English public schools. I did not consider the elitism that has dogged these schools since their inception in that post; I have reserved this matter for a separate post where it can be done justice. My … More Meritocracy on an Uneven Playing Field
A week off after my first set of Cambridge exams has finally given me time to read non-legal material. The first on the list this summer is David Turner’s The Old Boys, a history of the decline and rise of public schools in England. Rather than a full-scale review, I seek to present a series of … More David Turner – The Old Boys: Some Scattered Thoughts
As was inevitable, exam term at Cambridge has meant that I haven’t been able to put my metaphorical pen to this metaphorical and futuristic paper for some time. As I did in the wake of my A-Level exams last year, I want to talk about education. But not about Cambridge education. Though I have become … More Grammatical Problems
This has been another academia-related hiatus, for which I must, as always, apologise. Law degrees are known for their heavy workloads, and it is naturally the most difficult at the very start, when everything, including one’s very environment, is completely new. This last challenge is what I shall focus on in this post: the way … More Social Bubbles
On the back of the book review I wrote a few days ago of Sam Leith’s excellent book, You Talkin’ To Me? which deals with the subject of rhetoric (you can read the review here), I began to think more about the extent to which rhetoric is relevant in the modern day. Within the next … More Should rhetoric be taught in schools?
I’d like to start what is yet another exam-related post with a message: to all those collecting your GCSE results tomorrow, good luck. I sincerely hope that you all do well, but it’s also important to remember that there’s no need to worry even if things aren’t completely rosy. Feel free to contact me if … More GCSEs: The Perennial Problem