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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Education

Michael Gove is right to create a single exam board – but the changes need to go far deeper than tha
The simple truth is that our failing examination system does not need one operation to cure it of its ills, but several.
Martin Stephen, Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2012

Class acts
England’s schools are radically different. Now make them better
Economist, 15 September 2012

The 'gold standard' of Grayling is not struck from an Oxbridge mint
New College of the Humanities' pedagogic model has only a passing resemblance to the ancient universities' teaching
Julia Horn, Times Higher Education, 13 September 2012

The higher education revolution - is there any evidence for it?
As VCs gather for their annual conference, Louis Coiffait considers the main drivers of change and examines whether or not they will lead to revolutionary transformation in UK HE
Louis Coiffait, Guardian, 12 September 2012

University access tsar: institutions 'must set tougher admissions targets'
Elite universities should admit equal numbers of rich and poor students to prevent admissions being skewed towards the “most advantaged”, according to the Government’s higher education access tsar.
Graeme Paton, Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2012

Reassuringly expensive
Fees needn't mean the end of scholarly values: for US students, putting a price on learning just makes it more desirable.
Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Times Higher Education, 30 August 2012

GCSE wars: the case for real and hard exams
However exam grades are manipulated, the result is always to sacrifice children’s education at the altar of political expediency.
Frank Furedi, spiked, 28 August 2012

GCSE wars: the case for real and hard exams
However exam grades are manipulated, the result is always to sacrifice children’s education at the altar of political expediency.
Frank Furedi, spiked, 28 August 2012

How students are mis-sold the benefits of university
What do you say to an Arts graduate? ‘Big Mac and fries, please!’
Fraser Nelson, Spectator, 17 August 2012

Education bill causes rift in Pasok
At these recession times, very few would expect that the coalition government’s first big test on cohesion and efficiency would involve an education bill. The government’s first bill in parliament, introducing amendments mainly on university administration, stirred great controversy and a strong reaction by Pasok deputies.
Costas Papachlimintzos, Athens News, 3 August 2012


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