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

Securitising education to prevent terrorism or losing direction?
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

Why conservative values are needed in our schools now more than ever
Katharine Birbalsingh, Conservative Teachers, 29 September 2015

Time to reclaim the classoom
Joanna Williams introduces spiked’s back-to-school special.
Joanna Williams, spiked, 1 September 2015

Philosophical discussions boost pupils' maths and literacy progress, study finds
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

Alice in Wonderland at 150: innocent fantasy or dark and druggy?
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

Today's Media Influences on Young Children
Children are inundated with messages from the popular media, and may interpret them differently than adults.
Mary Renck Jalongo, Scholastic

Teaching; it’s about what you know
William Kitchen vs education’s child-centred, anti-knowledge orthodoxy.
Joanna Williams, spiked, January 2015

The Importance of Scaring Children
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

The Age-Old Question. Teaching: Art or Science?
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

British values
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


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Too much, too young: why is policy obsessed with teenage mums?

"I have never enjoyed being disagreed with so much."
Stephanie Calman, writer and broadcaster; founder, The Bad Mothers’ Club

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