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‘The difficulty is the point’: teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in Ive recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer questions about aspects of literature, such as free indirect speech or genre. They also had to write an essay of 1,000 words, on the work of Helen Garner, Christos Tsiolkas, Judith Wright, Jack Davis or Tim Winton. My students are, for…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s leaked draft manifesto: what Labour would do

Labour would keep Trident, nationalise the railways and phase out tuition fees, among other policies Details of a draft version of Labours pitch to the country have leaked, with Jeremy Corbyns party hoping to make manifesto commitments to part-nationalise some public utilities and to make funds available for social care. Below is a summary of what the party leadership would like to do in government. Respect the Brexit referendum result and give a meaningful vote on any deal to parliament. EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights…

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