I’ve a piece in today’s TES on the value (and under-valuing) of ritual and academic symbolism in schools.
You can read the whole thing in the paper, or here if you’re a subscriber.
(If you’ve not yet had the chance to pop down the shops this fine New Year’s Day, there’s an edited preview here. But the longer version is better and contains a description of how the gown of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford came to be, so you should definitely pay for it.)Read more