Strand: Battle for Education

The question of what we should teach our children and young people is a perennial one. With the rise of new technologies, particular the ability to find seemingly unlimited information quickly online, are traditional subjects and methods now obsolete? Faith schools also remain both controversial in many quarters and popular with parents. Should we separate religion and schools? The environment children learn in is also vital, yet there are heated debates about the best approach to school discipline and how we can best socialise the next generation of citizens. And as school pupils become university students, what is the state of higher education today? Are universities satisfying the needs of students, lecturers and managers? Is the experience of university life threatening the mental health of students?