There seems to be a fear in our society about asking a question that people may find, well, pick a word: scary, un-ethical, non-politically correct, otherwise ridiculous etc. People seem to be concerned about looking foolish or G_d forbid, racist. But why should this be the case. I truly believe that if anything in the world is going to change questions need to be asked and people need to think about the answers.
Last year I attended college, taking an Access to HE course in order to gain entry onto my current degree programme here at the University of Kent. During one of the classes the topic being discussed was over-population and scarce resources. Quite innocently, I will explain*, I remarked that in Africa we cull all sorts of species if their numbers were reaching unsustainable levels and that perhaps we should consider culling people for the same reasons. As you can imagine this idea invoked involuntary outbursts of laughter closely followed by objections to even having thought about it. My question is WHY? Continue Reading
Firstly, I apologise for being away so long. The work load increased quite dramatically at college towards the end and I was really busy. However, I will attempt to post more often. In the meantime, I would just like to add a little note about where I am now… Continue Reading
You may or may not be aware of a referendum that is coming up. I want to write a little about it but before I do I have created a survey (see yellow button on the right ===>>) to see just how aware people are.
Please fill in the survey, it will only take a minute.
I will write something about it in about 2 weeks once I have had a decent response from the survey.
Thank you all..
Below is an essay I wrote for sociology. Please have a read, and comment, I will be writing a follow up within the next week as to my thoughts on what education is like now. After listening to people like Sir Ken Robinson, I have some definite views on education.
You might have read my earlier posts when I mentioned this, but in the next post I want to try and expand on my thoughts. Perhaps it is a good time as I have now returned to education and in September, I will be entering University as an undergrad. Exciting times.
In the mean time, please let me know what you think of the ideas in my essay.
Sociological approaches to education with reference to class, gender or ethnicity.
The Functionalist approach whose view on society as a whole is one that society does not change, should not change and does not need to change. It is fine the way it was, bearing in mind that functionalists idea of a perfect society is the 1950’s model of society, with the nuclear family consisting of the father going out to work and the mother ‘keeping house’ and looking after the children. Along these lines, functionalists think of education as a means to teaching boundaries, preparing children for the move into working in a society. The belief is that education should be there to teach children values in terms of respect, loyalty and individual attainment. Meritocracy is the idea that you advance in education on merit. Everyone is subject to the same rules, uniform and exams, and everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. Failure or success being a measure of ones own merit or intelligence. Therefore, what you get when you leave school is what you deserve. Which leads onto the functionalist view that society is also based on a meritocracy approach. People are in the jobs they are in because that is where they are meant to be. Power for example is not a problem in functionalist society as everyone is where they should be, for example, a banker, having progressed though education and having attained his position through a meritocracy based system, deserves his position and society needs him in this position. Continue Reading
Great video. Sir Ken has a great way of getting his message across. Found this on TED.com blog. I do love TED.com. Great stuff on there. Just a pity the TED conferences are so expensive to go to, but thankfully they post the videos for us mere mortals. Enjoy…
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish. (Recorded at TED2010, February 2010 in Long Beach, CA. Duration: 16:48)
Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 700+ TEDTalks.
I am publishing this post, not so much for its content, rather for the way that Hans Rosling presents his stats. I first came across him on a programme called The Joy Of Stats (BBC4 I think). Link to that clip below the TED video.
He really does make it really easy to process the information you are seeing, Continue Reading