'Books are power' / CC

Why do we not export curricula like we do weapons?

Mass funded teacher exchange programmes, international conferences, pooled resources – all of it should achieve national attention as an optimistic and positive pursuit. Education should not only appear on the news when there’s a strike or a government debate, but as a regular policy crusade engaged in internationally to make our children, all of us, the best humans that we can be. (Read More)

Ideas & Discussion

Why isn’t politics taught in school?

The outcome of the upcoming election will have huge implications on the lives of young people. Decisions on the budget deficit, welfare spending, job creation, house prices, tuition fees, climate change, and swathes of other issues will have more repercussions on the young than anyone else. It’s a travesty therefore that young people are so disempowered. The following two passages in the Conservative Party manifesto typify this. (Read More)

'Scottish Parliament' / Andrew Cowan / CC

Devolution and the myth of Westminster control

Since coming to power in 2007, the SNP has placed great emphasis on quality primary education as a defining factor in shaping the lifelong prospects of children. Yet in the run-up to the Scottish referendum, it’s a curious anomaly that neither the Better Together or Yes Campaign have challenged for their advantage the widespread assumption that Scottish education has always been run by Westminster. (Read More)