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Competing Goods *

Mar 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Targets or no targets? How does one increase university admissions for excluded groups without discriminating against currently-included groups?… Read the rest

Discrimination Against Men? *

Mar 14th, 2003 | Filed by

Women’s colleges are ‘all full of lesbians now,’ is one rumour. ‘And what if they are?’ asks Joan Bakewell.… Read the rest

Liberty Letters *

Mar 13th, 2003 | Filed by

In The Great War we had liberty cabbage, now it’s…Freedom Toast? What planet is this again?… Read the rest

How to Make Bloody-Minded Women

Mar 12th, 2003 7:42 pm | By

The last women’s college in Oxford has just voted to remain a single-sex college. I’m always interested in these campaigns to keep women’s schools single sex, and the idea (which I tend to believe) that single sex education is good for girls and bad for boys. I went to a single sex school myself, one that combined with a boy’s school the year after I graduated. I regretted it at the time but later decided I’d been lucky. If nothing else, I derived the benefit (at least I think I did) that it never crossed my mind for an instant that women were supposed to shut up and let men do the talking. So when I went to a double-sex … Read the rest

Single-sex Education Good for Women *

Mar 12th, 2003 | Filed by

‘Women benefit from a single-sex education, whereas men benefit from a mixed one,’ a former student at St. Hilda’s says.… Read the rest

Single-sex Education *

Mar 12th, 2003 | Filed by

St. Hilda’s college votes not to admit men.… Read the rest

Missionary Formulas *

Mar 11th, 2003 | Filed by

Historian Jackson Lears suggests ‘providence’ might not be all that predictable.… Read the rest

One in Four of Everyone Has Something *

Mar 11th, 2003 | Filed by

So if one in four has something, and one in four has a different something, and the number of somethings is large and growing…… Read the rest

Rorty Reviews Dewey Biography *

Mar 10th, 2003 | Filed by

More about events of his life than resonance of his ideas, Rorty says.… Read the rest

More on ‘Honour’ Killing *

Mar 10th, 2003 | Filed by

An Iranian woman writes for the Institute for the Secularization of Islamic Society on the murder of insubordinate women.… Read the rest

‘Honour crimes’ and cultural relativism *

Mar 10th, 2003 | Filed by

Is political correctness to blame for a lack of awareness about honour crimes?… Read the rest

Education and Inequality

Mar 9th, 2003 | By

Inequality is an old and vexed issue. Isaiah rebuked Israel for grinding the faces of the poor, Thersites got himself beaten up for complaining about Agamemnon, and so it has gone ever since. From Marx to Rawls to Michael Young, equality and meritocracy, justice and opportunity, class and race, money and taxes, jobs and immigration, education and tuition and top-up fees, have been debated and re-debated.

Education, especially higher education, is one area where tensions and disagreements about inequality play themselves out with extra passion. Many citizens, parents, students, employers, thinkers would like to see higher education available to more people and especially to a wider range of people: more women, more non-white people, more poor people. The difficulty is … Read the rest

Green Welly Image *

Mar 9th, 2003 | Filed by

The Independent on Bristol’s admissions policy.… Read the rest

Tinpot Trotskyists Running Bristol Admissions? *

Mar 9th, 2003 | Filed by

The Observer samples press coverage of the row over Bristol’s acceptance of lower marks for students from state schools.… Read the rest

Bristol University, social class and meritocracy *

Mar 9th, 2003 | Filed by

Can a university have too many well-off students?… Read the rest

I Win I Win

Mar 8th, 2003 8:37 pm | By

Sometimes I find myself in an odd sort of competition with friends from other countries, specifically the UK: we argue over which of us lives in the more anti-intellectual culture. I say I do, they say they do, and so we improve the shining hour.

But I have a nice little piece of evidence here. Specifically this remark:

One reason people trained as philosophers press so hard for academic jobs is that the United States offers few other opportunities to use their training. Television here, unlike its counterparts in Europe and Asia, almost completely ignores university and intellectual life. So do radio and print journalism, devoting far more airtime and space to sports.

I rest my case. Who can … Read the rest

Happiness and Positional Goods *

Mar 8th, 2003 | Filed by

If inequality makes the rich a little happier and the poor a lot more miserable, what then?… Read the rest

Dialogue *

Mar 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Two historians, one Tory one Labour, discuss Iraq and Tony Blair.… Read the rest

Nonsense, Mistakes, Barrel-Scraping Insults *

Mar 8th, 2003 | Filed by

Todd Gitlin demolishes Alston Chase’s anti-intellectual version of what made the Unabomber.… Read the rest

A Doomed Enterprise *

Mar 8th, 2003 | Filed by

John Haldane restates traditional view that religion is perfection of reason; Edward Skidelsky is not sure it can be done.… Read the rest