Ansgar is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield. He teaches in the areas of educational philosophy, history and theory. Research interests include the history of schooling, examination and meritocracy, the role of cynicism in education, and the role of philosophy more generally in constructing and troubling the aims of Western education. His research traces the development of educational subjectivities, including the history of our commitment to the idea that education is a social good. In his writing and teaching Ansgar studies the unquestionable ‘goods’ of education, remaining open to the possibility that education in all its forms, even where it appears most benign, is a form of violence. His work offers a history of its good intentions.