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

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

Can we teach moral character?
The Barclays scandal can tell teachers a lot about character education says GTP student Alex Crossman, as he reflects on his experience of working in the City
Alex Crossman, Guardian, 4 July 2012

Spoiled Rotten
With the exception of the imperial offspring of the Ming dynasty and the dauphins of pre-Revolutionary France, contemporary American kids may represent the most indulged young people in the history of the world.
Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker, 2 July 2012

The GCSE / O-level debate: Everyone’s a bloody expert
In all the kerfuffle over GCSEs and the potential return of O-levels, one question remains unanswered: why doesn’t everyone just ask me? After all, I’m the sodding expert.
Glosswatch, 22 June 2012

Death by Degrees
Like the market for skin care products, the market for credentials is inexhaustible: as the bachelor’s degree becomes democratized, the master’s degree becomes mandatory for advancement.
The Editors, n+1, 19 June 2012

Child-Centered Learning Has Let My Pupils Down
"Nowadays, child-centred learning is an article of faith in the state sector. Whenever I question it at work I am met with bemusement at best, but usually righteous anger."
Matthew Hunter, Standpoint, June 2012


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