Recently I had the pleasure of visiting the University of Connecticut to work alongside the Social Studies trainee teachers, who are part of the NEAG School of Education. (Social Studies in America is an effective cross-curricular subject, combining Geography, History, Economics and Civics which draws in some English literature and bravely tackles pertinent topics such … More Mass Shootings in America: The perspective of a High School Social Studies Class
“Immigration into Britain overwhelms the British education system”, Or: “Britain’s educational system is inadequate in dealing with immigration into Britain”. Which is it? The first three months into a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) are tough. The workload is unsociable, you think about ‘subject knowledge’ as a collection of abstract and unmemorable facts, and you … More Education versus Immigration: A Teacher’s Story
In the past twelve months, the political order which we define as a “Western liberal democracy” has been uprooted and jeopardised by a catastrophic transformation on our political compass. Instead of pointing towards a consented agreement with some minor disillusion, the distance from East to West, and between North and South, represents a community of … More Trump and Post-Truth Politics
Today I was welcomed with chants of “Save Our NHS” outside the Western Park in Sheffield, where I briefly joined junior doctors, medical professionals and medical students in the most recent round of strikes in England. The protest concerned Jeremy Hunt’s most recent spat with the British Medical Association over junior doctor pay. A significant … More Junior Doctors – Strike!
What do we make of Trump’s comments today to ban ALL Muslims entering the U.S? Does it legitimise Islamaphobia? Is it even ‘un-American’? This isn’t the first time Trump has caused controversy, but it is the first time his comments have made the headlines on the BBC home-pages. Those advocating Trump for Republican leader have dismissively said his … More Trump: The anti-Islamic Messiah
The House of Commons last night voted to launch air strikes against ISIS in Syria. This has been a hugely controversial decision, and judging by the hostility from Facebook and Twitter, I accept the government will have to deal with some challenges from the public. I plan to follow up this poll with an article on … More Britain launches air strikes in Syria
Since Friday there has been heated discussion in the news as to whether France’s bombardment of ISIS strongholds in Syria is justified, and more poignantly whether it is a moral response to the terrorist attack. I’m keen to see what all of you think on the issue because it is something that has divided opinion. … More Should France launch air strikes against ISIS after Friday’s attack?
This evening I went to a candle lit vigil held at my university in commemoration for those who lost their lives in Paris on Friday, as well as the victims in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was a humbling experience just to see so many people come together in unison, all with the same sympathies … More Sheffield Stands in Solidarity
The plane that crashed over the Sinai on Saturday, killing 224 people on the Metrojet A321 flight has been rumoured by Downing Street to be the result of a bomb explosion carried out by the Islamic State. The crash occurred over Sinai in the North-Western region of Egypt and, today, Downing Street are calling for a … More “Was It A Bomb?” – Consequences of the Syrian Civil War
The recent surge of refugees on the European continent has given the sense that something significant is in the midst. With David Cameron overturning his previous stance against asylum and Angela Merkel’s “No Limit” cap for migrants finding sanctuary in Germany, it seems European and Middle Eastern politics have become intimately intertwined. Discussion of the refugees fleeing civil war … More “Calais Migrants” and the Issues of European Racism