I’m delighted to be giving an in-person lecture at the Buckingham Battle of Ideas on Saturday 17th July. In my illustrated talk I will explore why the 2500-year-old idea of a liberal education still makes us uncomfortable. For further details see the Battle of Ideas website. Other sessions on the programme include: Is it time to scrap exams?, The big […]
One testament to the power of education is that many people credit it with having ‘saved their life’. But whether that’s because knowledge and learning opened up a path to a rewarding career or because it helped someone escape difficult personal circumstances, ‘education saved my life’ is usually meant metaphorically. In medieval England, however, it was literal. Having an education […]
During 2020 I’ve been researching and writing a couple of chapters for a forthcoming Routledge book on the history of education. My contributions look at the development of liberal education from Ancient Greece to the Industrial Revolution. I’m now in the final stages of editing, cutting the chapters down to fit the allotted word count. Here’s one section that got […]
Santa has brought us some unexpected history of education content this Christmas, hidden between the covers of David Goodhart’s latest book. Goodhart is a journalist, commentator and former director of the think tank Demos. His previous book, The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics (2017), introduced the categories ‘Anywheres’ and ‘Somewheres’ to the political lexicon […]
This week I was delighted to give Derby University’s 4th Annual Education Studies Lecture and help launch their new history of education module. History was dropped from many degree courses in the 1980s, so it’s great to see it making a comeback at Derby. It was an honour to talk to first year students at the beginning of their studies, […]
The concept of ‘town versus gown’ goes all the way back to the founding of medieval universities, and has played an integral, if not always noble, role in their development.
This call for an education revolution has a longer history than many realise.
A tribute to a 19th century teacher and campaigner for women’s education, who deserves to be much better known.
Edith Hall, author of A People’s History of Classics, was a guest on Radio 4’s Start the Week this morning
In my view, this little known media scholar is one of the most important figures in the history of education in England, and actually in Europe. To find out why, read my tribute in Teach Secondary magazine. If that piques your curiosity, you can find out more in an edition of Radio 4’s In Our Time dedicated to the man. […]