Links: Current Australian debates on education

Current web page for the Federal Dept of Education and Training explaining school funding Peter Goss, Grattan Institute, Explaining Australia’s school funding debate (July 18, 2018) Catherine Hanrahan, ABC News, School Funding Explained (April 20, 2018) Gonski et al. “Through Growth to Achievement” aka Gonski 2.0 (30 April 2018) Marilyn Harrington, Department of Parliamentary Services, Australian… Continue reading Links: Current Australian debates on education

Philosophy of education

I’m currently teaching an advanced unit on Social Philosophy, and we’re taking education as a case study. So I’m going to start dropping a lot of the content from that course onto this blog, to collect and index it. J.S. Mill, Inaugural Address to the University of St Andrews (1967) “The proper function of an University… Continue reading Philosophy of education

On transparency

In some of my current research, I’m looking at the concept of transparency, via Stefanos Geroulanos’s recent history of postwar France. Today, when we think of this idea, we might think of political transparency, in the sense of the availability of information, to the public, about political processes. That sort of availability, an access to information, is about… Continue reading On transparency

A new semester: social philosophy

It’s almost time for the second semester of the year here down under. While the Tour de France wraps up, and American academics are heading back to work after a summer break, in Oz we’ve been cramming things into the brief break between first semester marking and second semester organisation. I’m looking forward to teaching.… Continue reading A new semester: social philosophy

Responses to Theses on Theory and History

There’s a growing body of discussion for the recent Theses on Theory and History. Here’s some of them. I’ll try to update this. I’ve got a blog post of my own in preparation, but in the meantime, happy reading! Matt Fitzpatrick at The Kaiser and the Colonies The #theoryrevolt Twitter feed is very diverse, and… Continue reading Responses to Theses on Theory and History

A place for theory in history

Unsurprisingly, the recent manifesto, “Theses on theory and history” has received some grumpy responses. Some ask for “evidence” of the analysis, others say “we’ve already done this” (but then concede several points); some honest answers have at least admitted that they don’t quite understand the stakes, or the kind of critical history that is being… Continue reading A place for theory in history