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If I ruled the world

Teach children to cope with the pressures of modern life

If I ruled the world, I’d introduce a way of teaching kids to deal with real bullies, their own self-abusive emotions and how to cope with high stress levels. The competition in schools is pretty intense these days. Right now children are being hot-housed in preparation for exams. But no one’s asking how much they can take before they burn their little brains out from the pressure. I’d also teach them self-knowledge and a bit about how the brain works. Knowledge is power. They could be graded on self-awareness just as they are academically.

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In Prospect’s February issue: Lawrence Summers questions Robert J Gordon’s thesis on the impact of the digital revolution, John Sawers, the former Chief of MI6, highlights how technology is making the work of spies harder and Frank Furedi examines the student movements demanding protection from the offensive and uncomfortable. Also in this issue: Gershom Gorenberg on Israel, Ben Judah on the complexity of London and Elizabeth Pisani on the impact of fake drugs. Plus Sam Tanenhaus on Obama’s gun control plans.