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Why Teaching Never Leaves You – World Teachers’ Day

Wednesday October 5 marks World Teacher’s Day, a very special occasion celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Having come to ClickView from teaching I can attest to what an extraordinary job teaching is and I can also vouch for the extraordinary work that teachers do every day.

Reflecting on my own time teaching I find myself thinking that the most rewarding parts of being in the classroom weren’t when those overly ambitious lesson plans actually worked (a rare occurrence), or when students did particularly well on an assessment or project, rewarding though these moments were. Continue reading “Why Teaching Never Leaves You – World Teachers’ Day”

Tackling Racism with ClickView

March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Day was started by the United Nations in 1966 and is designed to remind us about the profound damage to individuals and societies caused by racial discrimination and spur people to work towards eliminating racism.
From investigations into British racism to documentaries about how racism is being fought in football, below are seven videos on the ClickView Exchange thatprovide examples of racism in the UK and abroad, spread awareness of this issue and elicit discussion about how it can be combated.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these titles in addition to over 10 000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today.

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Is Britain Racist?

In this programme Journalist Mona Chalabi explores people’s subconscious prejudices to reveal what British people believe about different ethnicities and religions. Chalabi reveals that three quarters of Britons claim they have no racial prejudices and seeks to test whether reality matches the statistics. The results paint a more complex picture than the statistical evidence suggests. In turn, Chalabi puts her own beliefs beneath the microscope before asking the important question: can people be trained to lose their prejudices? This programme forms an introspective look at the psychology of the British nation and will cause the audience to consider their own subconscious prejudices and beliefs. Watch it here.

Race Hate in Louisiana

Follow Tom Mangold as he visits the small town of Jena, Louisiana to investigate how race relations have changed since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Mangold encounters some disturbing events, such as nooses tied to trees in school yards to threaten black students and the unofficial segregation that still exists in Jena, in turn this reveals the extent to which racism still pulses in places like Louisiana. This program provides an important reminder about the shocking ways in which racism can manifest itself even in democratic and multicultural societies and will provide a good comparative exercise for pupils thinking about how racism manifests itself in the UK. This programme contains some upsetting scenes. Watch it here.

Undercover: Hate on the Terraces

Join Dispatches reporter Morland Sanders as he investigates the extent of racism and homophobia in elite level English football. Sanders witnesses racist chants at some of the biggest football grounds in the country and online vilification on official football forums. In turn, Sanders raises questions about the commitment of official institutions and the authorities to try and combat and change this culture of discrimination. This is an important exposé into the darker side of this beloved sport and will raise discussions about what should be done about this problem and how we should conduct ourselves in such environments. Watch it here.

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Reggie Yates: Race Riots USA

Actor and presenter Reggie Yates visits the small town of Ferguson, Missouri a year after unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot by a policeman. This startling and confronting program reveals the extent to which the shooting has politicised Ferguson’s community and created a new generation of activists. Yates also looks at how new police recruits are being trained and the ongoing extent of discrimination facing African-Americans. This is a timely program given the worldwide awareness of movements such as Black Lives Matter which are fundamentally recasting race relations and shifting the discussion about everything from police brutality to cultural appropriation. Contains strong language and some upsetting scenes. Watch it here.

Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing

Skin Deep: The Story of Sandra Laing tells the moving and tragic tale of Sandra Laing, who fell victim to South Africa’s notorious apartheid regime. Laing was a dark skinned child, despite having two white parents. In turn, she was shunned and isolated by her white classmates and eventually imprisoned for marrying a black man. Through interviews with Laing and a variety of her contemporaries pupils will learn about the history of apartheid and the oppression and cruelness that it dealt to non-white citizens. The documentary also provides a stark illustration of how an entire country’s legal system can be devised not to unite and protect its citizens regardless of their backgrounds but divide and oppress based on their background. Watch it here.

The Secret Policeman

In the Panorama documentary that captured headlines around the UK, journalist Mark Daley goes undercover as a police recruit in Manchester to reveal the extent of racism amongst new recruits. The program captured police officers engaged in racist behaviour including one recruit’s now infamous comment that “Stephen Lawrence,” who was murdered in a racially motivated attack, “deserved to die.” The programme led to resignations, inquiries and condemnation from the Home Secretary. The documentary is still relevant today with Britain’s top police officer, Sir. Bernard Hogan-Howe, stating in 2015 that British police forces may be institutionally racist.  This disturbing investigation will raise serious questions about the extent to which race determines whether a citizen is a likely to be subject to protection or suspicion from the law. Watch it here.

Is Football Racist?

In this documentary Former Premier League defender Clarke Carlisle investigates how far his profession has come since the days of bananas being thrown on the terraces. Clarke sets out with the belief that racism is largely non-existent in football and that recent media coverage of racist incidents suggest authorities are coming down hard on racism. He gradually realises, however, that the reality may not be so clear cut. Carlisle offers an even handed and thoughtful approach to this troubling issue while highlighting the fact that football could lead the way in combating racism across Britain by setting an example that is watched by hundreds of millions of people from diverse backgrounds each week. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions for programmes currently on free-to-air television that you feel would make a  great resources for teachers and students feel free to contact: rupert.denton@clickview.co.uk

Celebrating World Book Day with ClickView

Where would we be without books?

In time for World Book Day on March 3 ClickView is celebrating all things books and writing in the Topics section of the ClickView Exchange. From fascinating investigations into historical texts to reflections on technology and its consequences for the future of books, we’ve gathered a diverse range of videos focusing on the world of the books. We’re really excited to share these to help you celebrate World Book Day in the classroom.

If you’re already a ClickView customer you can access these titles in addition to over 10 000 more through the ClickView Exchange, copy them to your personal workspace and push them in to your school’s ClickView library. Otherwise, you can request a demo today.

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Beauty of Books: Paperback Writer

The Beauty of Books focuses on the power books have had to reach out to their audiences, capture the imagination and alter the course of history. This episode focuses on the advent of the paperback and its transformative impact on literature, reading, society and the economy. The program presents a fascinating account of the importance of the now ubiquitous paperback book. Watch it here.

Poetry Season: T. S. Eliot

Arena delves into the life of one of the most important poets of the 20th Century, T. S. Eliot. Through interviews with writers and including Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney the program traces the many faces of T. S. Eliot from banker to father to poet, while treating us to much of Eliot’s work. Poetry Season T. S. Eliot reminds us of the legacy of this pivotal figure for not just for poetry and literature but for also the way we see and think about the world around us. Watch it here.

A Million Books for Free

Historian and Art Critic Andrew Graham Dixon, takes the viewer through the cultural event of World Book Night. Dixon visits a number of World Book Night events where people exchange their favourite titles with other book lovers. A Million Books for Free is a wonderful exposé about how books can bring people, even strangers, together through their shared passion for reading. Watch it here.

Just Read with Michael Rosen

Children’s author and poet Michael Rosen visits a Primary School in Cardiff to investigate the attitudes of children towards books and their reading habits. Over ten weeks Rosen attempts to spark a reading revolution at the School through having teachers break with the set curriculum in favour of books and reading. The program highlights changing attitudes towards books and reading and tries to answer the question asked by many teachers and parents, “How can we kindle a love of books and reading?” Watch it here.

The Ladybird Books Story: How Britain Got the Reading Bug

This program tells the fascinating story of Ladybird books, which have become an iconic part of the British literary landscape. Throughout the documentary the audience is told the story of Ladybird Books and the impact the books had on the British consciousness and national image. The program serves as a reminder about the far reaching impact books can have on our imagination and our society. Watch it here.

Picture Book

This program tells the story of how our reading changes and grows along with us. This episode focuses on the children’s picture book and explores the way in which the picture book stirs the minds of young readers through sumptuous illustration and brilliantly simple story-telling. The program is a wonderful reminder of the pure joy that books can elicit in readers of all ages. Watch it here.

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Google and the World Brain

Moving towards the future, Google and the World Brain looks at one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived on the Internet: Google’s plan to digitize every book on earth. This exhilarating and crucial documentary looks at Google’s gargantuan project and those who are trying to stop the project arguing that it undermines copyright, protection for authors and the privacy of readers globally. Watch it here.

Why Reading Matters

Science writer Rita Carter presents this timely story of how modern neuroscience has revealed the extraordinary power of books to help unlock the power of our brains. She focuses on the classic, Wuthering Heights, and its ability to have us enter other minds and understand the world from different points of view. Carter also considers whether the digital revolution may threaten the value of classic reading and impede us from accessing the powers gained through books. Watch it here.

The Secret Life of Books: Swallows and Amazons

The Secret Life of Books is a series in which classic books are considered afresh. Expert writers return to the original manuscripts and letters of authors to bring new insights to famous and iconic books. In this episode former journalist John Sergeant explores Arthur Ransome’s seminal work Swallows and Amazons. In the process he explores Ransome’s fascinating life as a foreign correspondent and friend of Lenin and Trotsky and how these experiences led to a new, authentic form of children’s literature. Swallows and Amazons captures the often exciting lives of authors and the ways in which these lives inform and influence their books. Watch it here.

If you have any suggestions of programs from free-to-air TV over the past week you think would be a great resource for teachers feel free to contact me at rupert.denton@clickview.co.uk