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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

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Last year I taught Ethics in an English Secondary School in Valencia. Most of the learners - aged 13 - 16 were advanced & bi-liingual. There was no set curriculum but deconstructing the messages of the various US Presidential hopefuls proved to be both engaging &, of course, topical. With the results in - here is a top 10 list of links that many could use particularly in a flipped classroom type context to encourage lively debates.

For now here´s my lastest top 10 of links, many of which were a hit with the students this year despite (or because of) the challenge inherent in the content:

We have, of course, a moral duty to share & to challenge ignorance & arrogance wherever we find it....

Some top Ethics short links for summer viewing

https://www.ipsos-mori.com/_assets/perceptionsquiz/index.html Index of Ignorance Quiz by country

https://espana.isidewith.com/political-quiz (diagnose your own politics in Spain, UK, the States etc)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtxfTEyJZg4 Mohammad Ali on White Jesus & White everything

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YshUDa10JYY Changing the World - One Word at a Time (Poetry Slam)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSXJzybEeJM West Wing - President Bartlet verses Dr Jacobs on Fundamentalism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHSXUS0_1c Newsroom - American isn´t the Greatest Country Anymore (profanity warning!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se8k0kAQmro LGBT Youtubers on the stark challenge of "coming out" (again some strong language)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aFo_BV-UzI How Donald Trump Answers a Question (the call for the banning of Muslims from entering the country & the dumbing down of the message with reference to the Flesch Kincaid literacy index)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/16/my-interview-with-... David Bowie - a Fantastic long interview from 2003. On spirituality & trying to find answers in religion, the cheery recurring themes in his writing - terror, fear, isolation, abandonment. In later life honing it down to the big questions of - "what are we supposed to be doing here, how long have you got? And who is going to look after my family when I’m not around? You only draw blanks at the end anyway".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbAb7Ek8z5Y Goodnight & Good luck - Ed Murrow (on the responsibilities of mass media)

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