Stop Waiting: A New Day for Learning

Learning starts at home. The sooner ‘learning’ is seen as a pervasive process that begins at birth the more adept we will become at producing well skilled children to take up the challenges of formal…

Is the church a man’s world?

I am standing for election to the House of Laity, General Synod, as an ‘inclusive’ candidate. As the name of my blog suggests I want to see gender barriers broken down so my daughter can…

Baby Girls-who wants them?

Eleven years ago, just before I gave birth to my daughter, the Sunday Times carried an article about how baby girls were being left in forests to die. A photograph accompanied this article and the…

The Failure of Higher Education

The traditional way of viewing education was to regard it in two halves: (1) school was about getting the grades that were good enough to get you into university; and (2) University was about gaining…

Daughters – Future WAGs or Future Leaders?

I refer to Daisy Goodwin’s article in the Sunday Times News Review 4 July titled ‘Scrub Up and Strike Gold’. Daisy was invited to speak to sixth formers about working in the media. I paraphrase…

Youth need human capital

The financial crisis has taught us that the concept of a skill for life does not translate into a job for life anymore. The scale of the crisis means that our children will be paying…

Art Is Fundamental — and Fundamental to Support

Leo Tolstoy considered art as one of the conditions of human life. Art requires all the senses to be used when analysing and appreciating it. Art is not an individual or solitary experience. The activity…

Yikes-School Sports Day Memories

The piece at http://timesonline.typepad.com/alphamummy/2010/06/will-you-be-doing-the-parents-race-at-sports-day.html#comments has brought back ghastly memories of the first school sports day that I entered into. My daughter was in Reception year and a Mummy’s race was held at the end of…

Ethnic Diversity Should Not Be A Mask

As an Asian member of the Liberal Democrat party I feel a strong need to speak up. The Diversity Agenda discourse on the question of ethnicity is heartening because it recognises that people like me…

An Imaginary Commencement Speech at Yale

The common narrative of the aim of education is always good grades leading to admisison to a good university and, subsequently, resulting in a well paying job. People fail to recognise that other factors of…

Sarah Palin Must Also Favor 'Spreading the Wealth Around'

Christian life encompasses charity. Christian life is about giving. That’s what Christ did. The redistribution of wealth is central to this concept of Christian charity. It doesn’t mean that the rich become poor because they…

Does It Matter How Many Frogs You Have Kissed?

So many mothers still pass on the message, which they learnt from their own mothers, to daughters that a man, especially a rich one, will solve all their problems and be the trophy in adulthood.…

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