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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This article examines the growing relationship between security and education, particularly in the light of the UK government’s Prevent Duty that seeks to tackle radicalisation in a variety of milieus, including universities
Bill Durodié, British Journal of Educational Studies, 2016
Katharine Birbalsingh, Conservative Teachers, 29 September 2015
Joanna Williams introduces spiked’s back-to-school special.
Joanna Williams, spiked, 1 September 2015
Primary school pupils across England take part in trial as part of ‘philosophy for children’ study, with pupil-led discussions on topics such as fairness and bullying
Richard Adams, Guardian, 10 July 2015
Is it just an innocent tale of a child’s dream-like adventure, or is there more to it than at first meets the eye?
Rosa Silverman, Telegraph, 4 July 2015
Children are inundated with messages from the popular media, and may interpret them differently than adults.
Mary Renck Jalongo, Scholastic
William Kitchen vs education’s child-centred, anti-knowledge orthodoxy.
Joanna Williams, spiked, January 2015
The long tradition of moral ambiguity and unhappy endings in kids' fiction returns with Evangeline Lilly's The Squickerwonkers.
Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 18 November 2014
Good teaching is all about paying attention to your results. Does that make proficient teaching a science?
Nancy Flanagan , Education Week Teacher, 13 August 2014
To mark the 799th anniversary of Magna Carta, the Prime Minister has written an article for the Mail on Sunday on British values.
David Cameron , Mail on Sunday, 15 June 2014
Clinical Trials in developing countries are exploitative
"To contribute to Battle of Ideas is to add a few words to a giant, communal speech-bubble out of the gap-toothed mouth of British opinion. It is a strong reminder that the joys of free, uncalculated speech and the right to attack orthodoxies can in no way be assumed in 2012 – that we use them or lose them."
Piers Hellawell, composer; professor of composition, Queen’s University Belfast