As we begin to commemorate the outbreak of World War I in earnest, just how central the “Great” war is to Britain’s conception of its...
Who Are More Likely to Be Bullies – Poor Kids or Rich Kids?
Bullying is the repeated and systematic abuse of power with the aim of causing intentional harm. Examples of bullying have been found in all societies,... Read more
Cost of Student Visa Clampdown Weighs Heavily on Colleges
The British government’s recent decision to suspend the licences of one university and 57 private further education colleges to sponsor international students has generated shockwaves... Read more
American Schools Provide a Haven for Kids Who Crossed Border Alone
ARLINGTON, Va.—After 14 years of separation from her parents and a harrowing journey across the U.S. border, Milsa Martinez finds solace in the northern Virginia... Read more
Brains of Steel
Today’s educational technology often presents itself as a radical departure from the tired practices of traditional instruction. But in one way, at least, it faithfully... Read more
At What Age Are Children Ready for School?
When are children “ready” for school? There is much debate about when the transition between play-based pre-school and the start of “formal” schooling should begin... Read more
It’s Hard to Market a University and Make It Accessible to All
“There is no conflict between fair access and academic excellence. Nor should there be.” So said Les Ebdon, director of fair access to higher education... Read more
Forget Folk Remedies, Medieval Europe Spawned a Golden Age of Medical Theory
It’s often said that there was no tradition of scientific medicine in medieval times. According to the usual narrative of the history of progress, medicine... Read more
What Is 7×8? You’ll Need Confidence to Answer Correctly
The British Chancellor George Osborne recently refused to answer a simple times table question posed to him by seven-year-old school boy Samuel Reddings. Osborne was... Read more
Talking to Your Babies Could Help Them Do Better at School
The rate at which children learn language varies substantially from child to child. Some children show rapid vocabulary growth before they go to school, while... Read more
The Seven Excuses Teachers Give for Not Being Able to Teach
As another teachers’ strike looms on July 10 it is worth setting out the reasons that teachers are unhappy with their profession. It’s not just... Read more
What the Grammar Gurus Don’t Get About How We Learn
The British Library is hosting it’s English Grammar Day, a day to finely split hairs over split infinitives, apostrophe’s (sic, sic, sic), and Oxford commas... Read more
Video: Why Some People Just Don’t Like Music
For many people, enjoying music results in noticeable physical reactions – sweaty palms or a shiver down the spine. Music can cause the release of... Read more
Drop the Negative Spin on Kids Who Start School Bilingual–They Are a Rich Resource for the Future
There are now more than 1.1 million children in our schools whose first language “is known or believed to be other than English” according to... Read more
Have You Unlearned These 7 Primary School Mistakes Yet?
We have probably all experienced those days when our teacher told us one thing, then later on in life we find out that what our... Read more
Outwit History With These 7 Debunked Misconceptions
History works in funny ways. As we grow up we are exposed to many events in history and call what we know as the truth... Read more
Art Is Vital (Video)
It has been three years since the spectacular video of Lil Buck dancing to Yo-Yo Ma brought jookin—which draws from hip-hop, ballet, jazz, and modern... Read more