Monthly Archives: October 2019

Why ‘acting locally’ is impossible in an interconnected world

Why ‘acting locally’ is impossible in an interconnected world

Like many Americans, I worry about the state of the planet and try to make a positive impact through decisions in my day-to-day life. But I also am nagged by the feeling that I often get it wrong, even though I analyze environmental problems for a living. Concerned about plastics in the ocean, I renounced single-use plastic […] … learn more→

School exclusions and knife crime: why we should be listening more to vulnerable children

School exclusions and knife crime: why we should be listening more to vulnerable children

Exclusion rates in English state funded schools are once again on the rise, alongside concerns about the impact of exclusion on the well-being of children and also on public safety. The highest level of exclusion rates are experienced by vulnerable students who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and are from disadvantaged and ethnic minority backgrounds. As a […] … learn more→

The revision cave

The revision cave

Well, my current book is nearly done. But I was wondering, the other day, why writing a book never gets any easier. I’ve written quite a lot of books. This one is actually the twenty fourth, although about eight of them are edited collections. Not the same as a monograph or trade book – although […] … learn more→

Can the Northern lights give you free spins?

Can the Northern lights give you free spins?

Statistical correlation between low temperatures and gambling habits The Northern Hemisphere winter is only a month or so away with the increasing cold and darkness of Autumn leading into the bleak winter months. Norway in particular is a real example. Winter nights are long in all of Norway, and from the middle of November until […] … learn more→

Professor: Grading and grammar are racist

Professor: Grading and grammar are racist

Our institutions of higher learning are massively oversized. While in general I disagree with the levels of growth which allowed this to happen there is one benefit to a large institution: resistance to change. Back when our institutions were merely huge, this benefit occurred quite often as the universities tended to not fall into fad […] … learn more→

When you’re older than your professors

When you’re older than your professors

Marlene was one of the brightest and most conscientious doctoral students I’ve ever served in my academic coaching and editing practice. An older student, she had returned for her doctorate after three of her four kids were grown and out. Marlene held down a full-time job in medical billing, and her youngest was now in […] … learn more→

‘I’m in another world’: writing without rules lets kids find their voice, just like professional authors

‘I’m in another world’: writing without rules lets kids find their voice, just like professional authors

Ask a child why they write and you might receive a common response: the teacher told me to. Kids often lack confidence as writers and find it emotionally draining. The problem might be the classroom and its detachment from what writers do in the real world. In some classrooms, students learn writing techniques and then apply them to a […] … learn more→

Does free education guarantee the accessibility of higher education?

Does free education guarantee the accessibility of higher education?

On 11 October 2019, the Constitutional Council confirmed the French State’s duty to provide free public higher education. This decision is based on the preamble of the Constitution of October 27, 1947, which in paragraph 13 states that: “The Nation guarantees equal access for children and adults to education, vocational training and culture. The organization of free and secular […] … learn more→

The gender studies degree, in detail

The gender studies degree, in detail

It’s easy to look at a degree printed on a sheet of paper and say “that’s all crap,” and one degree (of many, to be sure) that often receives such scorn is the Gender Studies (or Women’s Studies) degree. Does it deserve this treatment? Well, Arizona State University, noted for turning higher ed into a […] … learn more→

The new digital society needs a recycled school

The new digital society needs a recycled school

The educational paradigm has been hit by technological fluctuations. It is evident that technological development advances faster than laws and that education. Therefore, defining the latter at the beginning of the 21st century means contrasting teaching styles and moments in the history of mankind. We have moved from a traditional society to the so-called information society in […] … learn more→