Tuesday, 13th July

1. UnHerd is new to me https://unherd.com/ If you’re pushed for time, all its articles are tagged with how long they take to read! It has an ambitious mission:

UnHerd aims to do two things: to push back against the herd mentality with new and bold thinking, and to provide a platform for otherwise unheard ideas, people and places. We think this approach is more needed than ever. Societies across the West are divided and stuck, and the established media is struggling to make sense of what’s happening. The governing ideologies of the past generation are too often either unquestioningly defended or rejected wholesale. It’s easy and safe to be in one or other of these two camps – defensive liberal or angry reactionary – but UnHerd is trying to do something different, and harder.

Good luck, UnHerd!

2. Not a MOOC from FutureLearn this time but a blog post instead – on Freedom of Speech https://www.futurelearn.com/info/blog/freedom-of-speech I could see it forming the basis of a good lesson for senior school and university students.

3. Marcus Rashford was one of the England players who missed a penalty at the end of the Euro 2020 final and has since been shamefully, disgracefully, appallingly, deeply depressingly vilified by racist England ‘supporters’. I’ve attached copies of his Twitter response below.

As this short video with Barrack Obama shows, Rashford is a remarkably mature young man, who’s achieved more positive social change in his young life than most people three times his age, including changing UK government policy on free school meals last year https://youtu.be/BhQ2ODFmeT4

He’s also just founded the Marcus Rashford Book Club, to help young people between 8 and 12 years old learn to read, and written a positive and inspiring guide for life for young readers, You are a Champion: how to be the best you can be. I have three copies of his book to give away – send me a message by 20th July if you’d like your name to be in the hat! Photo of the book cover below.

4. And, finally, more great music from Zambia, from uKhoiKhoi at this year’s (online) Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: https://youtu.be/eBPvncHlPSE Hope you’re reading to the end, George Kanyama!

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