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Mashrou' Leila - Inni Mneeh
Hope this doesn't come across as being maudlin. That's not my intention. I had already made up my mind that this is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and that was before I researched the translation. Now, it seems to me that the translation is apropos on many layers

Mashrou' Leila - Inni Mneeh
Let's burn this city and build a more noble one
Let's forget this age and dream of a more graceful one
As long as you have nothing, you have nothing to lose
And I am so tired of being alone.
I wanted to change the world, I don't know how the world changed me
I wanted to carry the sky upon my shoulders. Now I barely can carry myself
Say that I'm okay
Say that I'm okay

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Giving teachers the benefit of the doubt
"And the idea that kids have too little self-esteem? It's antiquated. It's antiquated. They have too much now. And it's turning them into angry, screaming grievance collectors."
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The Tyranny of Merit
"This is a moment to begin a debate about the dignity of work; about the rewards of work both in terms of pay but also in terms of esteem. We now realise how deeply dependent we are, not just on doctors and nurses, but delivery workers, grocery store clerks, warehouse workers, lorry drivers, home healthcare providers and childcare workers, many of them in the gig economy. We call them key workers and yet these are oftentimes not the best paid or the most honoured workers."
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The Best Reason to Go to College
It's the same as it ever was: To learn that the world is more than the issues that divide us.

Of all the many things I learned in that classroom, perhaps that was the most valuable. If someone barely of voting age could open his mind so expansively, how could I and others a generation or two older continue acting like preschoolers? We alone among the animals, the Dalai Lama regularly points out, enjoy reasoning minds, the capacity to see beyond reflex. The best reason to go to school, even if you're a so-called teacher, is to find out how much you don't know.
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Screen-based online learning will change kids' brains. Are we ready for that?
We are starting to see technology's effect on child development and adult reading skills - and the research isn't optimistic

Literacy literally changes the human brain. The process of learning to read changes our brain, but so does what we read, how we read and on what we read (print, e-reader, phone, laptop). This is especially important in our new reality, when many people are tethered to multiple screens at any given moment. With much of the world working from home, and millions of students learning at home, developing a biliterate brain - one adapted to both digital and traditional print literacy - has never been more important.
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Actors on horses
Robin Johnson outdoor theatre

TROOPING THE BUCKSKIN. Heaven is here! "The Crown: Season 4" trailer is out and Olivia Colman is on a horse! Sadly, though, she doesn't appear to be completely comfortable. That brings to mind a theory of mine that intrinsic ease around animals is almost impossible for actors to fake. (Olivia loves dogs and rabbits but I'd bet cash that she was less happy about the riding part.)

And all this in turn reminds me of my own days of outdoor theater, pictured here. In my case the ease was there, the common sense was sadly lacking. When asked if I was game for being "shot" off ol' Gunner here, I immediately said yes. Did I have any trick riding training? Nope. Any solid experience in taking theatrical falls? Not really. A brain in my head...? Still, I lived to tell the tale.
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