post by MARK JENNETT
An Independent Trainer, Consultant and Writer
“Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.” – David Levithan.
I love this quote. It encompasses what I have been saying to teachers and students for over a decade. LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans & queer/questioning) young people and families pop up everywhere and, whether we think that’s OK or whether we think they’re going straight to Hell, they have the same rights as everyone else to an education that addresses their needs and endorses their identity. Continue reading Will statutory PSHE make schools more LGBTQ-friendly?
post by NANCY LOMBARD
Reader in Sociology and Social Policy, Glasgow Caledonian University
Men’s violence against women is an endemic social problem within all societies and cultures. Feminist research and activism has maintained that to challenge and prevent men’s violence against women, changing attitudes and behaviour are key. My current and ongoing research examines what young people think about men’s violence against women with a view to generating theoretical insights and informing prevention work in this area. Continue reading Gender Inequality and Violence: The role of schools
post by MIRIAM E. DAVID
Emeritus Professor, Institute of Education
‘Women’s refuges forced to shut down by funding crisis’ is a central headline in The Guardian (August 4 2014 p. 1) illustrating how violence against women is now on public agendas in dramatic ways. The accompanying article documents the growing crisis in funding for the refuges that have been created to deal with problems of sexual or domestic violence over the last several decades. There are photos of 4 young women, two with their babies, to illustrate the problem of domestic violence – young women killed in their homes by violent men, almost certainly their partners. Continue reading The challenges of domestic or sexual violence for ‘frontline workers’: developing training materials and educational resources
post by ALISON PHIPPS
University of Sussex
[I have] a friend who had some guy that put his hand down her pants on the dance floor. And she was a really quiet girl and she didn’t say anything. I’ve heard of a few friends who have had things like that happened [sic] that have gone past a joke. I think guys think it’s okay to do that.
This anecdote depicts an experience which has become so common amongst young people that it has acquired its own moniker: underhanding. Continue reading ‘Lad cultures’ in the neoliberal university
post by DEBBIE EPSTEIN
University of Roehampton
Catherine MacKinnon has famously argued that feminist claims based on either the ‘difference’ between or the ‘sameness’ of the genders are flawed. Rather, she suggests, what is important is dominance (MacKinnon 1987) – in the case of gender, male dominance. Gender, she says, is a matter of dominance, not difference. Continue reading Sex and Relationships Education – making the difference to difference
post by RUTH LUPTON
Professor of Education, University of
It is hard to find anyone these days who disagrees with the idea that educational opportunities should be equalised or that the poorest kids should get the richest teaching. After all, more equal outcomes demand not just that the quality of the educational experience is the same in all schools, but that it is better in places where learners are more likely to be disengaged or held back by material, social or emotional disadvantages. So how can we make this happen? Continue reading Poorest children, richest teaching
Post by GEOFF WHITTY
Bath Spa University, UK and University of Newcastle, Australia
More than forty years ago, Basil Bernstein rightly pointed out that ‘education cannot compensate for society’. Then, in 1997, an early critic of New Labour’s attainment targets argued that a serious programme to alleviate child poverty would do far more for school attainment than any modest intervention in schooling itself. Yet politicians still seem to expect schools to equalise life chances in a stratified society. Continue reading Schools, society and social justice