The re-education through labour system (known in Chinese as laojiao) is a form of punishment with “Chinese characteristics”. It can be handed down without a trial or prosecution and defence.
By Agatha Elliott - 13 June 14:34
I’m only seventeen. The continued popularity of Shakespearean adaptations is a great thing for young people.
By Laurie Penny - 24 May 15:52
As one of the school’s scholarship exam questions shows, young boys are encouraged to think that humanity, compassion, even sense are secondary to winning. This is how we’ve ended up with politicians who will enact any policy, no matter the human cost, ju
By Richard J Evans - 23 May 14:44
Richard J Evans challenges Michael Gove’s history agenda.
By Jason Cowley - 08 May 14:41
New Statesman editor Jason Cowley speaks to Anthony Little, headmaster of Eton College, about the role of public schools, the new crop of Etonians ruling public life and Gove's education reforms.
By Glosswitch - 20 April 9:18
Teachers must wish Michael Gove worked shorter days and took longer holidays - then his department might stop coming up with so many ill-considered changes to the education system.
By Denis Mongon - 28 March 9:53
What can we do about it?
By Jonn Elledge - 25 March 13:28
The Education Secretary’s combative methods are going to result in bad policy. His them-and-us style is alienating the middle ground and polarising the debate.
By Richard J Evans - 21 March 9:04
The rote sets in.
By Aisha Gani - 14 March 18:51
Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.
By Philip Maughan - 11 March 16:24
Sir Michael Barber’s “revolution” in higher education.
By Harvey Woolfe - 31 January 11:47
Academi£s and Lies: A Story about Forced Academisation.
By George Eaton - 31 January 6:22
The former Conservative Education Secretary is sceptical about Michael Gove's free schools.
By Glosswitch - 30 January 11:02
Childcare qualifications are great, but they don’t help you look after more children at once, as the government seems to be hoping.
By Simon Ofield-Kerr - 30 January 8:42
The changes to student finance, the promotion of STEM subjects through the EBacc and visa issues for international students are all discouraging potential students from realising their talents by following a creative arts degree.
By Glosswitch - 20 January 9:22
It’s easy to claim richer students are more confident because of their superior education, but it may be more accurate to say they’re more confident because they’re rich.
By Jane Fae - 14 January 9:36
Writing for NS Trans Issues Week, Jane Fae explains why the "think of the children" reaction to transness is just a technique for concealing overt prejudice.
By Alan Moore - 19 December 7:10
We cannot state conclusively that anything is true.
By Martha Gill - 18 December 13:39
Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.
By Roger Titcombe - 04 December 13:57
False claims for the success of academies have been swallowed whole by an uncritical media.
By David Harris - 03 December 12:20
By dismantling educational infrastructure at such a speed, Gove is ensuring that his successors as Education Secretary will struggle to reverse what he's done.
By Martha Gill - 29 November 6:59
Martha Gill's Irrational Animals column.
By Michael Brooks - 22 November 11:38
The prospect of learning maths scares us, but actually doing the proper stuff is rather enjoyable.
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 22 November 5:51
The concept of the university as a home for disinterested pursuit of scholarship has been under attack for almost 30 years.
By Neal Lawson - 19 November 11:02
The three parties are united behind a failed education consensus. We need a new system that promotes cooperation, not competition.
By Glosswitch - 17 November 11:26
James Dyson is dead wrong - studying things like "French lesbian poetry” can make people's lives better, even if they don't suck dirt up off carpets.
By Sophie McBain - 15 November 10:20
In 2016, commercial-scale oil production will begin in Uganda. But with only a quarter of all its children in secondary school, how can more of the people – especially girls – benefit from its new wealth?
By George Eaton - 26 October 9:00
The Education Secretary plans to introduce tougher tests for trainee teachers, whilst allowing academies to hire unqualified teachers.
By Jonathan Clifton - 18 October 13:08
There is no evidence that commercial companies would improve results.
By Li Fangping - 18 October 8:07
By Steven Baxter - 15 October 9:46
As a second-time student who now pays the fees, Steven Baxter has noticed a change in his attitude to learning.