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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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
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
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
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
"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
Andrew Delbanco’s insightful new book on the history and future of the American college exposes an institution that has no idea what it should be.
Angus Kennedy, spiked, 25 May 2012
Andrew Delbanco, Princeton University Press, 20 March 2012
The EU needs more democracy—and yet the European Parliament is flawed
Economist, 17 March 2012
Stefan Collini, Penguin, 23 February 2012
Parental intervention was once a rare occurrence in higher education. Not any more. Afshan Jafar shares her experiences of dealing with a consumerist HE culture
Afshan Jafar, Guardian, 23 January 2012