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Our musings lately have been loosely based around special days and celebrations. Now, Refugee Week is coming up. This is an important one.
As the website for Refugee Week explains, the idea is to celebrate the positive contribution of refugees, to improve everybody's understanding, and to counteract certain negative media narratives.
Refugee Week is an umbrella festival. Anyone can put on an event. It's also a great opportunity to learn at school about the situations faced by refugees.
This is for parents, teachers and those interested in education and how it works. I read an interesting article in the TES recently – ‘Spare us from the hypocrites who preach about how to teach’ https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/spare-us-hypocrites-who-preach-about-how-teach - about the idea and reality of universities running our schools.
The first day back at school is often a shock. Whether you are a child, a parent or a teacher, that long summer break may seem a distant memory by mid-afternoon on the opening page of the new school year.
The seasons seem to change so quickly…