So where are the cries of academic freedom?

A senior academic is being investigated by University College London after he was found to have hosted an annual conference in which speakers debated ideas on eugenics and intelligence.

Since 2015, Dr James Thompson has overseen the London Conference on Intelligence, which has seen a researcher who has previously advocated child rape online speak on campus on three occasions.

The university was last night attempting to establish how the honorary lecturer was able to host the event without informing senior officials, who were unaware of which speakers would be attending.

Dr Thompson, a member of the university’s psychology department, has now been blocked from hosting any future events while an investigation is carried out.

It came as details about the conference emerged yesterday, revealing that papers presented at the event include research on the alleged links between genetics and racial disparities in intelligence.

It’s amusing, no, that when eugenics was a standard left wing belief universities could and did discuss it not just with impunity but approval. Now that exactly the same beliefs are now seen as somehow right wing they are to be drummed off campus.

Well, what did you expect?

White working class boys are being left behind because of the “negative impact” of a focus on ethnic minorities and women, a member of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet has said.

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said cultural change is needed among Britain’s white working class to encourage more young people to strive to succeed.

She told The Spectator magazine white working class boys had been left “at the bottom of the heap”.

She said: “The culture towards migrant families towards education is considerably different to the culture of British families, that’s something I’ve noticed.

Design an education system not for white working class boys and you’ll end up with an education system that doesn’t serve white working class boys well, won’t you?

Ermm, well, sorta

It’s disappointing to see Indigenous people underrepresented in engineering. Our ancestors are the original engineers. They have a deep knowledge and understanding of the land and the sky. They used their knowledge to form a lifestyle, innovating to solve everyday problems and live comfortably. The boomerang is a piece of aerodynamic engineering that has inspired many designs today.

Actually, in terms of engineering, the Abos (especially the Tasmans) are known for the connection between population size and the loss of technology. That population gets small enough and dispersed enough and then cultural transmission of things already known (fish hooks for example) falls down over the generations. Tasmania had technological regression after the seas rose….

It’s entirely great that the bird likes engineering, good on her, and she does seem to have found her metier, lucky thing. But the history’s a bit off there.

Yes, OK then, why not?

Is it not time that our heavily subsidised universities restricted entry to those students who have passed through the state education system? Let those who pay for private secondary education also pay for private university education.
Alan G Stow

Be interesting when state pupils can choose Islington Technical College or Brent Further Education College and the private sector has Oxford, Cambridge and the LSE to choose from.

Isn’t this rather the problem?

A decolonised curriculum would bring questions of class, caste, race, gender, ability and sexuality into dialogue with each other, instead of pretending that there is some kind of generic identity we all share.

Is an English curriculum really supposed to be about questions of class, caste, race, gender, ability and sexuality?

Or, you know, maybe about English?

Oddly, English itself is a colonial subject

Cambridge University’s English Literature professors will be forced to replace white authors with black writers, under new proposals put forward by academic staff following student demands to “decolonise” the curriculum.

For the first time, lecturers and tutors will have to “ensure the presence” of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) writers on their course, under plans discussed by the English Faculty’s Teaching Forum.

The move follows an open letter, penned by Lola Olufemi, Cambridge University Student Union’s women’s officer and signed by over 100 students, titled “Decolonising the English Faculty”.

“For too long, teaching English at Cambridge has encouraged a ‘traditional’ and ‘canonical’ approach that elevates white male authors at the expense of all others,” the letter said.

“What we can no longer ignore, however, is the fact that the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks perpetuating institutional racism.”

They don’t seem to be noting the manner in which English is colonialism itself.

The Angles, Jutes and Saxons come over here and replace the Romano Celts – not, perhaps, genetically but certainly linguistically. In England that is. Vikings come over, beat everyone up and ad some Old German back into the mix. Normans conquer all and throw Romance back in. The resultant mongrels go conquer a third of the world and spread that language.

The only reason anyone other than one of those Celt/Angle/Viking/Norman mutants speaks the damn language is because of colonialism. The existence of the language in the first place is colonialism.

It’s an, umm, 800 year old language native to a bunch of white people on a damp island. How the hell do we derace, decolonise, that?

Sure, anyone who wants to understand persuasion, rhetoric, should be looking to MLK’s speeches. James Baldwin did some pretty hot stuff. There’s a certain amount of difficulty in replacing Chaucer and Shakespeare though, given the spread of the language back then, eh? Even Austen’s too early for there to be much written by anyone of a duskier hue.

There’s an important number missing here

Oxford University has been accused of “social apartheid” after figures showed that nearly one in three colleges failed to admit a single black British A-level student in 2015.

Data requested by David Lammy, the former Labour minister for higher education, and published by the Guardian, showed that 10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not admit a black British pupil with A-levels in 2015.

How many applied? Without that we’ve no chance at all at working out where the filtering is taking place, have we?

Well, yes, I think we could support this

The former Labour education minister Andrew Adonis has reignited one of the oldest controversies in British education by calling for the clock to be turned back on polytechnics granted university status.

Lord Adonis told a House of Lords committee that the government’s decision 25 years ago to allow more than 30 polytechnics to take the title of university was a mistake, and argued for the removal of the status from what he termed “the lower-performing former polytechnics”.

“I do think it was a very serious mistake – and I would never have done it as minister – to have rebadged all of the polytechnics as universities in 1992, which was a reform done without any proper consideration or advice,” Adonis told the committee, during a hearing on education funding.

And of course the third grade, like Islington Technical School, should be on a level lower once again.

Hmm, maybe the resignation is a good idea

A spokesperson for Blavatnik said his gift was for the committee that has been responsible for organising US presidential inaugurations since 1901 and that he had never donated to Trump. But Rothstein, a specialist on corruption, called the donation “incomprehensible and irresponsible” in his resignation letter.

The academic subsequently told the Guardian he had received hundreds of messages of support about his decision, adding: “I’m not going to be the Blavatnik chair of government and public policy because I’m not going to give legitimacy and credibility to this person. $1m is a sizeable amount of money. In my book by donating to the inauguration of Donald Trump you are supporting Donald Trump.”

Shouldn’t a professor pf public policy be able to distinguish between the two? Paying for campaign funds, and for the inauguration?

Doing education right

Pupils at Bath’s Royal High School beamed with delight as nearly 90 per cent scored A* – B in their GCSE results.


The Royal High School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in the city of Bath, Somerset, England, catering for up to 1,000 pupils.

Bath High School for Girls was founded in 1875 by the Girls’ Public Day School Company (now the Girls’ Day School Trust). It was a direct grant grammar school from 1946 until 1976.

So Britain does know how to do education right then. Just copy that method nationally…..

There’s a merit to this

Close them all down, the rubbish former polys. Or just use them to fleece foreigners. Restrict university admission to the most academically gifted 10% of our students and scrap tuition fees. Expand vocational qualifications, via technical colleges, and apprenticeships. Create an environment in which the kids getting Cs and Ds can see a real, financially rewarding and secure alternative to university.

Idiot damn stupidity

Attacks like Portland’s will keep happening unless we all fight white supremacy

The two people stabbed to death were fighting white supremacy you idiot. They were telling someone shouting racist threats to shut up about the white supremacy shite.

Arjun Singh Sethi is a civil rights lawyer, writer, teacher and consultant based in Washington, D.C. He is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, where he teaches courses on policing, surveillance and counterterrorism.

Ah, a grossly unsuccessful lawyer who teaches in a college for a pittance to make up for it. Adjunct professors make $20k a year if they’re lucky.

Woe, woe, woe is us

It was a strange and sad day last week when my wife and I called the staff into the music room to inform them that we had decided to resign from our posts as headteacher and deputy at the school. We did our best to explain our reasons for leaving. Nobody had seen it coming, and everyone was stunned. I couldn’t help feeling that we were letting them down.

The letter to the parents was even harder. We went through draft after draft until I was almost happy with it. Could it explain our reasoning clearly enough? What response could we expect? The next morning it was clear that not only had parents accepted our arguments but were wholly supportive of our decision, although many asked if we might be persuaded to change our minds. And as to the children, they remained as fickle and forgetful as ever. As anyone who has ever been told they are “the best teacher in the world” knows, a year later Mrs Smith will be taking on that heavy mantle in your stead. For most of the children it was very quickly back to business as usual.

Teaching is not an occupation that you can leave at the door when you go home at the end of the day. When couples are both in education the danger of taking the static and hum of a day’s teaching home with you is more than doubled. As headteacher and deputy we have found that we haven’t just brought the day’s problems home with us but have let school business permeate through our waking (and often sleeping) lives.


Peter Foggo is the deputy head of Longparish Church of England primary school in Andover, Hampshire

That couple is on a household income of somewhere in the £100,000 to £130,000 level I would have thought.

Five times median household income and they want to whinge about it taking a bit of time, including a bit of stress?

An entire 105 pupil roll?

Grow a damn spine man you’re rolling in clover there.

What horrors, really!

A mollycoddled ‘snowflake’ generation of children rely on teachers to bail them out ahead of crucial exams by running free ‘booster’ classes.

Revision being something that has been done by teachers since when, Aristotle?

“Now, Alexander, do you remember what I told you about Afghan Princesses?”

“Umm, sing “Where’s Your Poppa Gone” as a lullaby? Make sure she’s friends with my catamite! Umm, no, no, don’t push me, get her to cook for my other wives? Err, compare her lashes to those of the finest camel? Umm, ”

“Well, yes, this is one lesson we should revisit before finals then, don’t you think?


The government is being urged to tackle segregation in schools after research claimed that more than a quarter of all state primary schools across England and four in 10 state secondaries were ethnically segregated.

The study, which uses a new measure of segregation, also claims that 30% of primary schools and 28% of secondaries are split by socio-economic background.

Sigh, report here.

The over or under representation is done by comparing numbers in a school – by race or socio-economic background – with the census area.

A census area is a rather larger area than a school catchment area.