Emma C Williams

Emma C Williams

Emma Williams is a private Latin tutor and a teacher in a large comprehensive school in Woking, Surrey. She is also a freelance writer and author. You can find her on twitter @emma_c_williams.

In Defence of Private Tuition

In Defence of Private Tuition

“Private tuition can be harmful to the long-term academic prospects of children, a leading London headteacher warned today.” A recent article in the British press employed the usual tone of melodrama and foreboding that is standard for most reporting on educational issues, especially those which focus on parental anxiety and

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Education
On Opinions and Entitlement

On Opinions and Entitlement

In the weeks before same-sex marriage was recognised in England and Wales, I spotted a local man handing out leaflets on behalf of the “Coalition for Marriage” campaign. Aware that this group was leading a crusade against Equal Marriage, I initially hurried past him, reluctant to engage. But half way

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Art and Culture
Taking the Wonder Out of Science Education

Taking the Wonder Out of Science Education

A couple of years ago, the London Science Museum produced its own travelling act for children called “The Energy Show”. It was reported enthusiastically on the BBC, with loud film-clips of zany, steampunk characters shrieking and leaping about the stage, conjuring up the mandatory balls of flame and obligatory explosions

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Art and Culture
The Disinviting of Dawkins

The Disinviting of Dawkins

In my first year as an undergraduate, I was aware of the fact that we had a neo-Nazi on campus. I never met him, indeed to my knowledge I never saw him, for this was 1992 – years prior to the phenomenon of social media, when a university campus could be

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Art and Culture
Herd Mentality

Herd Mentality

At primary school, I rarely played with other children. For me, playtime usually meant a walk around the edges of the playground, observing others and thinking to myself. There were lots of reasons why I found it difficult to connect with my childhood peers, none of them particularly interesting or

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Conformism
Schools proposing to audit pupils' characters should mind their own business

Schools proposing to audit pupils' characters should mind their own business

When did the world decide that the corporate model is the ideal template? The inexorable march towards business speak and a commercial style of operation appears to be infecting every aspect of our lives, from health care to education, from politics to the arts. Sometimes, it feels as if we’

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Art and Culture
Je suis George Lawlor

Je suis George Lawlor

“At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it, just as in mid-Victorian times it

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Free Speech
On Privilege and Being Human

On Privilege and Being Human

Thinking itself is the privilege of being human. Our intellectual ascendency defined us as a species and is inextricably linked to our success and our ability to connect with one another. Everything that nature can bestow upon us in our human lifespan is also a privilege: intelligence, youth, a healthy

Emma C Williams
Emma C Williams
Art and Culture