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Tiffany Jenkins

Cultural sociologist and writer, Edinburgh

Tiffany Jenkins is a sociologist and writer, and the culture editor of Sociology Compass. Her work has been published in The Scotsman, The Spectator and The Guardian, among others. She is the author of Keeping Their Marbles (2016). She lives in Edinburgh.

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Night school

Tiffany Jenkins

The purpose of formal education should be twofold. One, the transmission of knowledge: content. Two, socialisation: the transmission of norms, customs and behaviours.

Important bodies of knowledge should be transmitted to younger generations, primarily through subjects: maths, english, history, art, biology, physics, music and so on. We should teach these subjects because they are worth knowing about and understanding in their own right. There is knowledge, such as: great literature; gravity; evolution, what happened in the past - in Britain and across the world - that we should grapple with and understand, regardless of who we are and what we grow up to do, regardless of one’s fut...

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My secret life

Tiffany Jenkins

A confession: I have a secret that I am keeping for a close friend, I’ll call her Mary, from two of our (hers and mine) close friends, who I will call Sarah and Sophie. Mary has done nothing bad or wrong, but the secret once released would change Sarah and Sophie’s view of Mary significantly - and she wants no one else to know this information. It’s genuinely hard for me to keep this secret. I have no doubt that it’s the right thing to do: because Mary wishes it so - I respect this and her request that I tell no one. Keeping her secret is an expression of my loyalty to her; I also think she is right, that the information once released, once known, would be unhelpful for her and her relati...

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