entertainment and education
Should we throw handwriting in the wastepaper basket?
Primary school children now have their own laptops or iPads. Why we should worry?
Hilary Mantel and the comet of Calixtus
The prize-winning novel Wolf Hall tells us more about the 21st Century than the 16th.
Students struggle to hear teacher in new fad open-plan classrooms
It's time to redesign these spaces - or discard the whole idea.
There’s something mysterious about reviving To Kill a Mockingbird
After a gap of 55 years, its reclusive author is publishing a second novel.
America’s tragic journey from Selma to American Sniper
Both are an antidote to cynicism and celebrate the ability of individuals to be a force for social good
Unsolicited advice for young job seekers
Of course it is “no problem”. You are getting paid to do it!
The terrifying utilitarianism behind Guantanamo torture
After a six-year legal battle, a detainee has given his side of the story of his arrest, rendition and interrogation. It's horrific.
Our pick of the films of 2014
Here are our nominations for the best entertainment of the past year, plus a look at the year's worst.
The enduring appeal of C S Lewis
A clear prose style, an honest, warm voice are qualities that will always attract readers.
Why is the word "knowledge" missing in action in many educational documents?
A guide to building the future from the founder of PayPal
“The prospect of being lonely and wrong can be unbearable,” writes Peter Thiel.
The Good Reading Guide’s Inaugural Trash Can Awards
‘Chalk and talk’ teaching might be the best way after all
That seems to be why Chinese students perform so well.
Losses disguised as wins
Here's the science behind casino profits.
Ten books that changed my world
Less dramatic than it sounds, to be sure, but still formative.
The bitter lessons of unbridled freedom
The older generation of Russians suffered terribly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Rediscovering a great 19th century novelist
How many of us would know the novels of Anthony Trollope if it weren’t for the BBC?
The Sense of Style
A controversial Harvard psychologist wants people to ... write better.
Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943
World War II as a campaign against evil by defenders of the good.
Ten novels to make you passionate about history
Our suggestions for the best in historical fiction.
Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.
To edit, or not to edit your child’s playlist
Plato was right: music has a serious effect on us.
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