Privileged elite seek to denigrate personal ambition as tacky(ish).

The Telegraph ran a piece today in their Education section about a group of 20 - 30 somethings preaching about the value of giving away their money to charities, 'earning to give' is how they phrase it. A noble ambition and certainly a number of careers can be both socially fulfilling and financially rewarding. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/0/dont-follow-passion-think-twice-medicine-new-rules-choosing/ [...]

All in favour say Aye (think you’re all missing the point)

As the general election approaches there has been an enormous amount of promises, guarantees and quid pro quos offered, mooted and suggested. Indeed there have been any number of inducements offered up to the electorate gods to curry favour. A lot of talk has been about education, the funding crisis and so on - but [...]

Why taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it) Part 2 – Or why Trump should have been taken to Rome more when he was a kid.

Okay, so whilst I can't say that our city break was a cultural tour de force that precisely justifies the decision to take our eldest out of school for a few days - I can say that I think it benefited everyone. I spoke before about how travel can broaden one's horizons and counter-intuitively shrink [...]

Taking kids out of school is terrible (unless I do it).

As a committed and aggressively pro-Education hectorer I assayed a certain kind of moral superiority over those taking children out of school during term time.  Alas I too have now joined those shameful ranks and no more can I sneeringly judge those that do. In my slight defence mine was an error of timing not [...]

Scrapping tuition fees may not be the answer…

As the various parties jockey for position to paint themselves as the party of the people and increasingly ludicrous and often uncosted promises are wheeled out to entice the voter, Labour have announced a series of sweeping education funding reforms that would see the abolition of university fees alongside a series of cash injections from [...]

This is not what women chucked themselves under horses for.

It is often quoted that the 'only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing' which is why today's news is so disappointing. Not the usual depressing cavalcade of Trump based idiocy or the shocking revelation that North Korea aren't good guys, but rather that electoral registration amongst school leavers [...]

Top 5 tips for interview attire. Suit up! Or why quirky is not the new black.

“It is both delusional and stupid to think that clothes don’t really matter and we should all wear whatever we want. Most people don’t take clothing seriously enough, but whether we should or not, clothes do talk to us and we make decisions based on people’s appearances.” – G. Bruce Boyer When I was a [...]

What did the EU ever do for us?

The chickens are beginning to come home to roost. Although the blog is new, my feelings on the shifting political sands are well established. I always maintained that allowing a plebiscite that would engage the elderly, the bigoted and the racist and ignore the generation that would be most affected by the impact of that [...]