Overrated: Fiona Millar

The indefatigable enemy of education reform is making the job of free school champions easier

Gove, Beware the Left’s Counter-Revolutionaries

His school reforms are working but the Education Secretary should heed the defeat of like-minded Americans by self-interested unions

The Chaos Wrought By Progressive Education

A teacher reveals how 50 years of creeping moral relativism have left him helpless to turn his pupils into decent members of society

Strange Death of the English Gentleman

Cameron's sustained attempt to hide his gentlemanliness reflects wider society's rejection of good moral conduct

Private School Playmakers

'In 1987 the majority of England cricketers were state-educated. Now most professional sportsmen are educated privately — including black children'

Child-Centered Learning Has Let My Pupils Down

The progressive orthodoxy in British education has left one in five school-leavers functionally illiterate. That ethos needs to change

Don’t Go to Art School if you Want to Learn to Paint

In six years of study I didn't learn a single thing that would be of any use to me in my ambition to become a figurative artist

Inspecting the Inspectors

‘We used to point to the fact that teachers didn’t know grammar. Now the inspectors judging the teachers don’t know it either’

Uneducated Unions

'Gove has restored ordinary rights to classroom teachers. Yet the unions hate the man who made it possible for teachers to breathe again'

More Than ABCs in NYC

‘In New York schools where they teach a core knowledge curriculum, some of the poorest children are discussing Shakespeare at four years old’

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"