1. We're on a journey full-circle back to O-levels (Independent)
Michael Gove's reforms, which will stretch the brightest students, are well overdue, writes Philip Hensher.
2. Lionel Messi: Simply the best (Financial Times) (£)
The world's greatest football has been pitched into tax problems, according to Simon Kuper.
3. On PRISM, partisanship and propaganda (Guardian)
Glenn Greenwald addresses his critics after this week's NSA stories.
4. Mao in the middle (IHT)
Can't rule like him, can't rule without him - on Mao's legacy, by Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore.
Data is a useful tool, but over-reliance on it means major problems are too often ignored.
6. A chapter in the Enlightenment closes (Financial Times) (£)
For the first time in centuries, Germany will not produce a major encyclopoedia this year.
The parties are in the grip of pessimism about their election hopes, but such negativity can be fulfilling, writes Steve Richards.
IDS’s reforms are targeting the truly deserving to weed out a few cheats, totally humiliating even the most severely disabled, says Tony Parsons.
9. Popular northern museums must stay open (The Times) (£)
Co-signed by directors of a number of museums: "Party manifestos spoke of the right of free access to our national heritage but it is an empty right if the museum concerned has closed"
Deborah Orr writes starkly on losing her mother - how the end of her pain is a good thing, but little comfort.