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The flaw of averages

A high-school dropout turned Harvard professor is inspiring Silicon Valley’s efforts to overhaul America’s schools. John McDermott studies his ideas

Alienation 101

There were hopes that the flood of Chinese students into America would bring the countries closer. But a week at the University of Iowa suggested to Brook Larmer that the opposite may have happened 

High-pressure parenting

We invest far more time and money in raising our children than our parents did. Ryan Avent wonders whether we’re doing it in their best interests – or in ours

Eton and the making of a modern elite

The world’s most famous school has produced 20 British prime ministers – Boris Johnson being the latest addition. But as old boy Christopher de Bellaigue learns when he goes back, it is trying to reinvent itself as an agent of social change. From the archive