Is it really the job of schools to pump out work-ready youngsters?

WERE you “work-ready” when you left school? Did you hit the ground running in your career of choice, or did it take you a while to find your niche, build up skills and confidence, and figure out what you really wanted to do? If you went on to college or university – the route chosenContinue reading “Is it really the job of schools to pump out work-ready youngsters?”

No-one is trying to ban free speech at universities

It seems students at English universities are to be protected from their own wrong opinions by a watchdog that will have the power to fine universities for pandering to them – or rather, for not interfering any time a minor stooshie involving a student-led group erupts.

Is the law really the best way to deal with incest?

As technology allows family relationships to become ever more complicated, such as in the strange case of the 24-year-old frozen embryo, it’s worth pausing to consider what problems might be stored up for the future.

Cat Person shows it’s not just elderly folk who are desperate to connect

In real life, as in quality fiction, we’re all flawed. Algorithm-based dating technology may give the impression The One is out there, just waiting to be discovered by a diligent box-ticker, but what if a much better match is just a couple of years older, or lives five miles further away, or can’t be faffed with internet dating?

More red tape is a price worth paying if it protects kids

With hindsight it might seem obvious that coaches should never have been allowed to be alone behind closed doors with the boys in their care, and that any form of touching was inappropriate. But a blanket ban on physical contact between adults and children in sport is neither practical nor desirable.

Where’s the line between volunteering and exploitation?

Some might say it’s wrong to clamp down on unpaid work when many people – particularly young people – are keen to do it. But where do we draw the line? How many weeks, months or years of volunteering might end up being required before a job applicant can outshine their rivals and bag a paid post?

The best way to tackle domestic abuse is to fight sexism – starting in schools

School discipline may have moved on from the dunce’s cap and the tawse, but that doesn’t mean punishments are always fair and never have an element of shaming. The arbitrary enforcement of rules is one of the hallmarks of coercive control.

Eleanor Oliphant is not fine – this book is dangerously irresponsible

This is a book about a character who is part of one of the most marginalised and misunderstood populations in society – and it perpetuates a number of harmful myths.

Five ways to target child poverty that won’t cost the earth

The Give Me Five campaign is calling for the Scottish Government to use its new powers to top up child benefit by £5 per week. But there are other ways to put money in the pockets of poor parents and carers that involve neither universal provision nor means testing.

Looking for role models? Try a nun instead of a pop star

NOT all heroes wear capes, and not all potential role models have the arrogance to think of themselves in such terms. But in a world of clickbait headlines and emoji verdicts – where humans are increasingly reduced to good or bad, hero or villain, thumbs-up or angry frown – isn’t it time we admitted thatContinue reading “Looking for role models? Try a nun instead of a pop star”