Monthly Archives: November 2018

More primary schools could scrap homework – a former classroom teacher’s view

More primary schools could scrap homework – a former classroom teacher’s view

At the beginning of this school year, it wasn’t just children who were grumbling about homework. A despairing comment on social media by comedian Rob Delaney about the amount demanded of his children sparked much debate – and plenty of support from frustrated parents. Not everyone agrees of course. According to the Campaign for Real Education […] … learn more→

I watched the stars and danced jazz with migrants at the university (1)

I watched the stars and danced jazz with migrants at the university (1)

Migrants  ? Refugees? Exiles? Asylum seekers  ? The Prefect talks about asylum seekers. I will use the term refugees for simplicity now. At the end of August 2018, the Prefect is looking for a gymnasium to welcome for three weeks refugees to leave a gymnasium in the city of Évry. In agreement with the president of the University Paris-Sud and the director of the UFR STAPS , the Prefect thus […] … learn more→

Education does not always equal social mobility

Education does not always equal social mobility

Educators around the world, particularly those in secondary schools, often default to a compelling story when they are trying to motivate their students: Work hard, achieve well and you will secure a successful future with attractive job prospects. This is currently the conventional wisdom across much of the Western world, with strong links drawn between […] … learn more→

Getting with the PID programme

Getting with the PID programme

If you’re a researcher in any field, chances are you want people to find, read and use your stuff, right? You probably want them to continue finding it, using it and correctly attributing it to you, whether it’s twenty days or twenty years after publication. In our current state of digital deluge, we’re pretty good […] … learn more→

How to successfully apply for a PhD place in Australia

How to successfully apply for a PhD place in Australia

Deciding to start a PhD is alternately exciting and terrifying, especially if you need a scholarship to afford to study. In 2012, I decided to do my PhD. I wrote an application, put together my support documents for Honours 1 equivalency (at 83% I was a few points short of a greatly desired First), and […] … learn more→

Theory fright – part one

Theory fright – part one

Lots of doctoral researchers worry about the Th word, Theory. When said aloud, you can often hear the capital T. It must be important. Theory. And perhaps because of the capital T, the question “What’s your theoretical framework?” can reduce doctoral researchers to a state of near panic. Now, theory is a term which often […] … learn more→

A mindshift in sciences and humanities is the only antidote to hoaxes

A mindshift in sciences and humanities is the only antidote to hoaxes

Recently, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay published a peer-reviewed paper, subsequently retracted by the publisher, titled “The Conceptual Penis”. The paper was ridiculous in every respect. It appeared in a peer-reviewed journal, albeit one that’s pay-to-publish. These journals require the author to pay “page fees” for publishing. They may be rigorous but typically have low circulation, which […] … learn more→

The future of manufacturing technology

The future of manufacturing technology

Whether you realize it or not, manufacturing is the cornerstone of economic growth. The literal definition of manufacturing is defined as “the process that transitions raw materials into physical products.” And there are many ways that manufacturing impacts our economy. For starters, it can introduce jobs in any country, regardless of population, and can also […] … learn more→