Teaching

The plot against religious education

6 July 2021 11:08 pm

Faith is not the declining force that some secularists believe or indeed desire it to be. Even here in the UK,…

Teaching unions shouldn't be defining 'transphobia'

12 April 2021 10:35 pm

A year of disrupted schooling means there are plenty of issues facing our schools right now. But delegates at last week’s…

Barack Obama will make you cringe: Renegades: Born in the USA reviewed

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Barack Obama wants the world to know how much he loves singing. In his new podcast, which takes the form…

The law of acronyms

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Teacher training is terrific fun. Oh yes, I am thoroughly enjoying myself on my evening course at Guildford College. Don’t…

… and an awesome beak

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Enigma of Kidson is a quintessentially Etonian book: narcissistic, complacent, a bit silly and ultimately beguiling. It is the…

To survive as a Tory teacher, you have to keep quiet

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Surviving as a Tory teacher means keeping quiet

Some 2,000-year-old teaching tips for Oxford’s new vice-chancellor

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford’s new vice-chancellor, is worried about a new government plan to judge teaching quality. Her reason is…

What I’ve learned helping to found a specialist free school

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Lessons from the first year of our specialist maths school

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Even the Chinese can’t teach British teenagers

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Watching a group of unruly children make mincemeat out of a well-meaning teacher has become a television staple and Are…

Dear Mary: What to do when a dinner guest won’t turn and chat

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Q. I felt uncomfortable during a dinner for 20 in a private house. The young man on my left had…

What are 16-year-olds supposed to learn by making posters?

25 October 2014 9:00 am

My niece, Lara, 15, has a mind like a surgical blade. On any subject, from calculus to The X Factor,…

Spectator letters: A defence of nursing assistants, a mystery shotgun, and a response to Melanie Phillips

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Poor treatment Sir: Jane Kelly’s article (‘No tea or sympathy’, 2 August) on the lack of empathy and emotional support…

Miriam Gross’s diary: As a qualified teacher, I say let in the ‘untrained’

2 August 2014 9:00 am

I knew that the historian Sir Richard Evans was a rather abrasive and quarrelsome man, but I was staggered by…

Knowing things isn’t ‘20th century’, Justin Webb. It’s the foundation of a successful life

5 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s scarcely possible to open a newspaper or magazine these days without reading an article about how the latest technological…

On teaching, St Jerome is with Daisy Christodoulou

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Last week in The Spectator, Daisy Christodoulou argued that, contrary to current educational theory, children learned best via direct instruction…

Teacher training’s war on science

15 March 2014 9:00 am

There’s an increasing amount of evidence about how we learn. But you won’t hear about it at teacher training college

Ian Buruma’s notebook: Teenagers discover Montaigne the blogger

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Bard College in upstate New York, where I teach in the spring semester, is an interesting institution, once better known…