Book clubs have become the latest way to prove your intellectual superiority. You choose a highbrow
For schools and teachers, the annual announcement of GCSE and A-level results is a classic no-win situation: whether passes are up or down, they will be taken as evidence of declining standards, the result of teachers' incompetence in one case and softer marking in the other.
Ivy League "meal plans" are a hideous waste of food and money
From Alaska to New Mexico, every university-bound student has to sit SATs. Yet as Britain starts to
State of the Union: a century of American labor
Nelson Lichtenstein <em>Princeton University, 298p
Observations on mass hysteria.
It may be thought a sad comment on the muddled and ill-informed state of contemporary political debate that new Labour's most redistributive and social democratic policy is the one that has attracted most odium from the left.
Why, in 2002, does a school have rain pouring through its rotting window frames? Francis Beckett rep
Brown, the great engineer and planner, will dish out the money - but he wants it to affect the way w
From a travelling kitchen, Bee Wilson gives lessons on how to make plain bread dough
This month, at least a million and a half young people are taking A-levels or AS-levels. Hundred of thousands more, from the age of seven upwards, are sitting other examinations.
Cookery teachers are now unable to make basics, such as scones or bread
In our attitudes both to immigrants and to foreign languages in schools, we take it for granted that
More water issues: staying cool at school is a serious business
Proposals to take a tough line on truants make good talking points for politicians; but they simply
Food - Bee Wilson counts the cost of vending machines in schools
In America, campus protest is back - and this time, the campaign is not for faraway peasants, but fo
Almost unnoticed, a revolution has taken place in state education. Thousands of parents, outside sch
Food - Bee Wilson says cooking is the most important subject
Labour has indeed poured money into the schools, but it has done so in a way that provokes more unre
Next weekend, I celebrate the anniversary of an event that changed the course of my life. I arrived at Southampton 40 years ago, carrying a British and Commonwealth passport with a photograph that bore the stamp of innocence, details of name and birth, and my occupation - civil servant.
Class War: The State of British Education
Chris Woodhead <em>Little, Brown, 224pp, £14.99</em>