University thinking

There is an excellent article in the ‘New Statesman’ on education – or more precisely University Education. As an ex (and failed) Polytechnic student, its conclusions ring true (as a lovely lecturer used to say to us, a Polytechnic is the highest form of education in France, unfortunately in Britain, it is the lowest). This… Read more

‘De-stress’ – by ditching neoliberalism

There is some interesting, if highly disturbing, research indicating that suffering stress during childhood ‘worsens ability to deal with it in later life’. Researchers found people who suffered high levels of anxiety at a young age had abnormal responses to stress in adulthood. Cortisol levels normally peak when we wake up and decrease steadily during… Read more

Less likely to be imprisoned in Victorian times than today

An intriguing but rather depressing item on education and prisoners has appeared….. We mostly probably know that today about half of our prisoners are functionally illiterate. According to this linked ‘Guardian’ article: half of the 85,000 people currently incarcerated have a reading age of 11 or lower – with 20% falling well short of that… Read more

Don’t build a ‘new economics’ without properly understanding the old

James Meadway, economic adviser to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, has written in the ourEconomy section of Open Democracy on the necessity for ‘building a new economics’: Some parts [of new economics] are half-remembered, and then placed together in peculiar (and often largely useless) new ways, like “Modern Monetary Theory” – a reconstruction of post-war Keynesianism… Read more

Supporting the NHS

We are told that 6% of NHS health staff are EU nationals and the NHS has 100,000 staff positions unfilled. Yet according to the Medical Schools Council the government determines the number of medical school places available each year. For England that is 7,500. Each medical school is allowed to recruit a maximum of 7.5%… Read more

Education, education, edu….

This is unashamed Labour Party propaganda. But let’s forget that.   This is real, proper investment. Investment in ourselves, our people and our future. The only argument against is that it is ‘unaffordable’ and we know that is bunkum. The question is rather can we afford NOT to do this?… Read more