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So, we have such a job, do we?

he will take up the role of professor of sociology of education

That sounds like one step further back into woo, doesn’t it?

Sociologists not being known for a deep and vibrant grasp of reality. And then there’s the those who can, do, those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers. Those who cannot manage that become professors of education so that the wibble about those who can’t teach should teach teachers. Which leads to one more step of removal from reality, the sociology of who not to teach teachers to not teach.

At least angels on pinheads was a discussion about an important underlying – the corporeality or not of the angels.

a highly respected scholar of race, inequality and education,

Ah, yes.

Instead, there should be collective responsibility, Arday said, and those working to advance equality, diversity and inclusion should be properly supported and paid.

Amazed at my own perceptiveness.

“The final thing is recognising how violent some of these spaces can be,” he said, “and decision-makers recognising that to be a serious challenge towards the mental health and psychological wellbeing of black and ethnic minority people, particularly women of colour, and more specifically black women in the sector, who to be quite honest are treated differently. I think that is a stain on the sector, and that’s something we collectively need to think about, how we do better.”

Violence in academia, riiiiight.

Prof Bhaskar Vira, the pro-vice-chancellor for education at the University of Cambridge, said: “Jason Arday is an exceptional scholar of race, inequality and education. He will contribute significantly to Cambridge’s research in this area and to addressing the under-representation of people from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, especially those from black, Asian, and other minority ethnic communities.

And now another amazing prediction. Our man will not, in any of his work, even mention the different age profiles of the varied racial groupings in the UK. By not doing so he will of course invalidate all that he says about jobs and race. But that will be overlooked.

Oh, and I’d love to see the work that manages to show South Asians being under-represented in academia…….suitably corrected for age cohorts of course.

6 thoughts on “So, we have such a job, do we?”

  1. The simple three words, ‘happening at Cambridge’ would have saved you writing all that. We’d all know the substance if not the details.

  2. Violence in academia, riiiiight.

    Kathleen Stock, Steven Greer, and others might have something to contribute on that topic. But those probably don’t count, for reasons.

  3. “Ten years ago, while studying for his PhD, he wrote a set of personal goals on his mother’s bedroom wall”

    Presumably he’s still searching for his father’s bedroom wall.

  4. The estimable In Our Time on R4 this a.m. (the only bit of the channel I still listen to) covered Paul Erdős, the great Hungarian mathematician. He left Hungary because he was unable to gain an academic post, as the 30s government restricted Jews to 8% of such positions, reflecting their representation in the overall populace. This was viewed by all those taking part in the discussion as a dreadful move by far-right politicians, but it struck me that this is precisely what they’re doing in the US and increasingly in the UK with ‘positive discrimination’.

  5. As I’ve preached for decades, I once again call for Dissolution of the Universities.

    Such a pity: they were pretty good once but there you are. That too shall pass away.

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