Other possible titles:
- Why are humans so slow to learn?
- How much have artists and scientists sacrificed so that we can learn?
- This is why we need responsible agencies like the EPA and the Department of Health, run by ethical people.
I liked the narrator’s tone of disbelief when she stresses “the 1970s” as she explains when the white pigment made from lead was finally banned.
Perhaps the people of Ireland and India are feeling a bit defensive after watching this video, though…
Here is the TED-Ed of this video, with accompanying questions and links.
“The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”
This is a saying that means we often are dissatisfied with what we have, and we want what other people have. I think the Japanese saying is almost the same (the grammar is a little different). Can you imagine what it is without using your dictionary or googling it?
This short video is about how many women in Ghana go to great lengths to whiten their skin, sometimes at great personal risk.
I think more people are concerned about protecting their skin from UV rays these days, but it’s true that many fair-skinned people wish they had tanned skin.
- Is there anything about yourself that you’d like to change?
- Why do you think the Japanese saying uses 青 instead of 緑? How would you explain to an English speaker why 青 is both blue and green (think 青信号, too …)?
- Make some example sentences from your own life or books/movies/currents events you know about, in which “the grass is greener.”
- Why do you think many people (women only?) in Japan and other parts of Asia think that fairer skin is more beautiful? OTOH, tanning salons exist in Japan, too. What kind of people do you think use them?
- Do you think tanning salons are safe? What about skin whiteners or self tanners? Hair bleach or hair dye? If you’re interested, do a little research and find out.
- What famous people can you think of who use some methods to lighten or darken their hair or skin color?
- One news story this week focused on Princess Aiko’s entrance into high school, but some of the media has focused more on her tan than anything else. Apparently, she went skiing. Here’s a short article about her from the Japan Times. Try summarizing it and noticing some language.
A thought-provoking article about whether death may not be inevitable anymore.
“Should we die?” (from the Atlantic)
This video is funny in parts and eye-rolling in parts. (Unable to embed; click on the screenshot below and the video should open in a new window. If not, you can find it in the article.)
A couple of reactions:
Do you really need a computer to tell you you’ve reached 66% serenity while meditating?
“Will aging dictators be able to stay in power forever?” (a cold chill down my spine)
Does having a “death deadline” encourage you to live your life to the fullest?
What aspects of IoT (the Internet of Things) do you think are beneficial to society?
I ran across a blog called Books That Heal Kids, was intrigued by the title and think that even though most of my students are not “kids” anymore, you can still learn a lot from — and be healed by — books meant for kids. And if those books are written in English, that’s ‘two birds with one stone’.
The blog is a collection of book reviews and recommendations by an elementary school counselor, who focuses on “bibliotherapy” — using the power of books to heal.
A video introducing a book in the “Making Mistakes” section:
Found this on Reddit. It’s called “The Joy of Reading”: