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Quotes of the week

"I . see people squirming at the thought of being serious, afraid of abstract thinking, lazy with foreign languages, and bafflingly happy to live in a monarchy." French political commentator Agnes Poirier writes in The Guardian about the downside of British education's liking for play, sport and social interaction.

"You would cut the number of teachers in half." New York mayor Michael Bloomberg muses on what his ideal education system would look like.

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