Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Why children should study philosophy
The Conversation, 19 March 2014

Technology in museums - less is more
The drive to 'engage' patrons with gadgets strips museums of their innate wonder.
Wendy Earle, spiked, 17 December 2013

Bullying can be good for you
spiked podcast talks to Helene Guldberg about the rise of anti-bullying campaigns and why they may be doing more harm than good.
spiked podcast, spiked, 12 November 2013

Advancing the Science and Art of Teaching
The 2013 Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) conference, which nearly filled the largest Science Center lecture hall on May 8, demonstrated wide interest across the University in improving pedagogy.
Harvard Magazine, 5 October 2013

Classical CD for newborns to inspire a love of music
Every newborn baby in Scotland will receive a classical CD to inspire a love of music.
BBC News, 11 October 2012

Declaration of independence
The Ivy League's autonomy has allowed its members to conquer the world. The UK must loosen the reins on its universities and establish an equivalent.
Terence Kealey, Times Higher Education, 11 October 2012

Bracing for impact may cost sector millions
Universities 'falling over themselves' to hire staff to handle REF case studies.
Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 11 October 2012

Don't give up the day job to help them secure day jobs
Scholar bemoans impact of employability agenda on academic standards. Matthew Reisz reports
Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 11 October 2012

New students should seek education, not satisfaction
A fresher on the joys of exchanging a rigid and prescriptive curriculum for learning through free-form debate.
James Shaw, Independent Voices, 10 October 2012

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Adopting Orthodoxies - John Harris

"Of all the political and cultural festivals, none beats the Battle of Ideas for its eclecticism and willingness to invite controversial and absorbing debate."
John Kampfner, Chief executive, Index on Censorship; former editor, New Statesman