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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If you want to instil appreciation and fluency, music is most effectively taught when kids are young
Philippa Ibbotson, Guardian, 17 January 2007
‘Music is a powerful learning tool which can build children’s confidence, teamwork and language skills’
staff writer, DfES, 15 January 2007
Munira Mirza (ed.), Policy Exchange, 3 January 2007
‘Since the 1970s, cultural diversity initiatives within the visual arts sector have arguably exacerbated rather than confronted exclusionary pathologies of the art world’
Richard Hylton, Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, 2006
From the tough sexy females of the war-time to the eunuchs of post-war era, icons of the big screen are a product of their time
Germaine Greer, Guardian, 29 December 2006
News report on the aural scourge of public transport; tinny music played through a mobile phone
Auslan Cramb, Telegraph, 7 December 2006
Rob Lyons, spiked, 3 December 2006
Munira Mirza, spiked, 22 November 2006
Nathalie Rothschild, spiked, 19 November 2006
Why does the 'guerrilla artist' beloved of fashionistas paint on the street? So that he can insult the man in the street.
Emily Hill, spiked, 9 November 2006
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