Monday, 20th September

Sorry about the hiccup on Friday! Earlier than usual today, as I’m off down to London to celebrate Vietnamese National Day.

1. There’s scope for a good class discussion based on these two very short videos from the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s ‘How I See’ campaign here in the UK: https://www.rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/how-i-see

https://youtu.be/f2x870PM0Hs

and https://youtu.be/2IB7eqyc4-o

2. There’s also a good class discussion about group think and social media bubbles in this new RSA Short on The Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed https://youtu.be/E5UHfcwal0M

3. I wonder whether an obsession with sleep and insomnia is a luxury that most people who crawl into their beds at the end of the day dog tired around the world have no time for? Here’s a Guardian piece on the topic by Kate Mikhail https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/sep/18/self-and-wellbeing-seven-simple-steps-to-sounder-sleep-kate-mikhail

4. I mentioned last week the launch at 15:00 UK time tomorrow, Tuesday 21st September, of the OECD publication, Education at a Glance 2021. Just in case you’re attending (or just in case you’re not!) here’s a link to the online executive summary of findings https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/sites/b35a14e5-en/index.html?itemId=%2Fcontent%2Fpublication%2Fb35a14e5-en which I’ve also copied into the PDF below, if that’s easier.

Webinar registration link once more here https://meetoecd1.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_D1NZSBQDR4mG86GJ_4rs-g Some people said last week’s link didn’t work for them, but this one – which did work for me just now – looks identical!

5. And, finally and sadly, the poet Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze died before her time last month. Here’s a typically engaged and engaging performance, including the poem ‘Aid Travels with a Bomb’ https://youtu.be/UBT-2n05eD4

and here’s her obituary https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/11/jean-binta-breeze-obituary

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