Universities face a fatal choice. They can acquiesce to the demands of censorious staff and students or reject intolerance and bullying.
Science communication sells great stories, but science isn't about stories or messages or narratives.
No matter how much time and effort we invest in schools and universities, practical wisdom will remain the rarest and most important skill of all.
If we want our children to succeed, we must let them fail.
There is more than one way of organising a large secondary school but the one that dominates is based on same-age organisation, a grade system.
Amazon may soon offer an end-of-the-university-as-we-know-it box set. (E-books, no doubt.)
Education wasn't an issue because it was under-resourced, it was an issue because of progressive agendas like Critical Race Theory, and radical Gender Theory, being force-fed to kids.
The scientific process starts by conceiving a research question, and the tentacles of journal publishers reach all the way to this initial step and beyond, influencing funding, training, and, ultimately, scientific progress.
I read the decision as an exercise in pettifoggery and misdirection, where the five judge panel and its joint judgment indulges in some virtue-signalling about academic freedom when it doesn’t count.
If the first sign of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, how are we to describe the state of mind that implements the same failed policy twice as hard and expects an even better result?
If Ridd loses, then, without remedial action by the government, academics become mere cyphers of their universities, unable to strenuously critique the work of their colleagues.
Australia's educational performance has been in decline since the 1970s, but this is no accident. It is by design, curriculum design to be specific.