Education & Social Change

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Most power structures implement their self-serving agendas by relying on an old trick: keeping their people ignorant and fearful. Persuaded to accept the information that is handed down to us, we become complacent. However, with education comes awareness; with awareness comes the demand for social change.

 

So, to take this first step towards understanding the relationship between education and social change, we will develop our understanding of what knowledge implies and by sharpening our critical thinking skills. This will help us better understand what the terms education and social change mean to different people, how they are valued, and how they are woven into diverse approaches to education. Developing the ability to think critically will also help us reflect upon the knowledge that we gain by coming to college, and will assist us in challenging the assumptions engrained by social, political, economic, religious, and media cultures.

 

In our critical examination of education in human society, we will explore several inter-related topics: critiques of modern education, media literacy, corporatization of schools, feminism, multiculturalism and anti-racism, arts, and self-knowledge and happiness as aims of education. During this journey, we will reflect upon our own learning experiences and consider how different educational approaches affect individuals, institutions, and communities.

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by DariushN on November 6, 2015
Since its arrival in Europe in the 18th century, capitalism started to grow exponentially, taking over country after country. Its effects were explicit and immediate. Now, it is a root of our society, and this economical system influences every part of it, such as education. I chose to talk about an article called Does Market Competition Encourage Strategic Action In The Private Education since it discusses about the effect of our economic system in schools through interesting point of views, such as the competition that it introduces.  

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by Matt_17 on November 6, 2015
Traditionally, war was fought in the trenches or on a battlefield with guns, vehicles, swords, knifes and even bombs. However, after World War II chemist and physicist became a great part of warfare inventing new chemical and biological weapons. In the article Medicalized Weapons & Modern Warfare, it explains how everything changed since World War II.

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by melanie on November 5, 2015
Generally, parents will protect less the boys than the girls. Because they seem more though, because they are strong or because they are less weak emotionally. But, boys are genetically, mentally and physically weaker from birth than the girls. During their first year of life, baby boys are more at risk to die than baby girls. Therefore, we should protect our boys as much as our girls, if not more.

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by harry98 on November 5, 2015
Do happiness and education correlate. Yes, as I presented in my last blog post, they do. This time, I look at what education is and what exactly the definition of happiness is. Of course, both of these topics are very broad, but here are a couple of very brief definitions.     

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by JImmy on November 5, 2015
Is sex education important for the pupils? How does it affect teenagers? In my earlier post, I mentioned some parents see the sex education curriculum as a monster. They don’t want any course regarding sexuality for their children, instead, they want more of having more math or science.

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by zachariecouture on November 5, 2015
Since as long as we can remember, people rely on religion to provide answer on what is still considered enigmas for the scientists. These religion may all differ from one another, but the big majority have one thing in common: “Give thanks and praise to the Lord and [we] will feel all right’’ (One Love - Bob Marley). In other words, believe in God and he will look after you. It is to say, Rastafarianism shared affinity with Judeo-Christianism.  

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by kayLachapelle on November 5, 2015
Everyday women are pressured to fit in the thin and beautiful body of beauty. Every woman wants to look the way society wants her to look like. No one likes disappointment. These researchers believe that body complexions come from the environment and social influences women are put through everyday. Media however is the most persuasive and powerful influence. In fact, some fashion and beauty magazines have been accused of showing only thin and fit women and by refusing to show a variety of different body types they are way far from the normal norms.

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by Brandon on November 5, 2015
Does media really matter? Can it affect the lives of young teens and how they perceive themselves? The answer is yes. The article that I have read; Does Media Type Matter; The Role of Identification In Adolescent Girls' Media Consumption and The Impact of Different Thin-Ideal Media on Body Image was a very good read and I showed me how media can really affect young girls as well as guys and make them not feel confident in themselves because of it.

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by maxime007212 on November 5, 2015
The evolution of the automotive industry brought some amazing technology which made our life easier and safer. Some of them include the safety belt, the airbag, driving assistance and the Turbocharger. In the same ways, the usage of electric motor in car is considered as the future of this industry. While this allows car to have zero emission, there’s still one huge problem that needs to be solve and it’s therange. Right now, on most of available fully electric car, the battery life is just awful.

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by Snipe and Celly on November 5, 2015
Many insects such as aquatic insects take an enormous part in nutrition of some cultures such as many indigenous tribes. The people of many ethnic origins living in Manipur, India consume many insects located in different bodies of water such as lakes, ponds and rivers. The most popular ones being: The Giant Water Bug, Lethocerus Indicus; the Water Scorpion, Laccotrephes Maculatus; the Water Scavenger Beetle, Hydrophilus Olivaceous; the Diving Beetle, Cybister Tripunctatus; and the Scarlet Skimmer Dragonfly, crocothemis servilia.

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by lisamajor on November 5, 2015
The internet is a strange place where you never know if what you are reading is true or not. Anybody can make a website and say whatever they please. It could be fact, fiction, or just their opinion, so it all gets jumbled up. Because of this, people are misinformed about vaccinations. There are multiple websites in place displaying false information about why vaccinations are bad.

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by hovogas on November 5, 2015
Modern day film piracy has been a huge problem in the United States and other countries with big movie industries. Many techniques had been used to try to decrease the damages caused by the piracy. The mediums of piracy have changed a lot: passing from cassettes to DVD’s and then, into online streaming website. So have the techniques used to stop them.

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by KW on November 5, 2015
  Is homeschooling a viable option? That’s a question that has many answers. Lately, the idea of homeschooling has widespread. An article released by the University of Concordia’s newspaper1 has stated that homeschooled students tend to outperform public school students. Homeschooled students have a lot more ease with academic tests. On another view, I believe that learning alone (alone as a student) at home is a big disadvantage on the social life, let me explain why.

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by kashhhdoche on November 5, 2015
Why not be vegetarian? There are so many different health benefits other than simply saving animals lives that some people aren’t conscious about. Vegetarianism is getting more and more common these days, which is making a huge impact for everyone, not only them. It may seem like one person can’t make much of a difference, but an average Canadian consumes 137 pounds of red meat and poultry per year! That’s enormous. Just yesterday my physical education teacher was telling the class how sad she found it was seeing a dead moose by the road, on her way to school.

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by vvvbb on November 5, 2015
The search for happiness is a trending topic worldwide. Therefore, many researchers try to find the causes of happiness. One research, directed by Benjamin S. Caunt, explores the conceptions of the elements or ingredients that lead to long-lasting happiness.

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by jodybelly on November 5, 2015
In college community, a form of segregation exists between student athletes and non-athletes. The way each person views his or her in-group and out-group is completely different. How do student athletes behave around each other? What is non-athletes’ perception of student athletes?

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by c.bernier.tremblay on November 5, 2015
Inequalities between men and women still remain in science despite the improvements made in the last few years. Cassidy R. Sugimoto compares different countries regarding gender parity in research publishing in his article ‘’Global gender disparities in science.’’ This article piqued my interest due to its analysis of the causes regarding these disparities, where the culture of countries is treated as a first hand factor.

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by jin on November 5, 2015
Since the beginning of the time, women are categorized as individuals who are weaker to men. We used to consider them as if they are only able to do housework such as washing clothes, make food, and wash the dishes. We think that they are a lot weaker than men, so they do work that requires less energy. It was only in the 1800s that women received laws that fight for their equity. One of the first law was to let women keep their property when they get married, because before, they needed to give their property away to their husband.

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1 year 3 months ago

The information is very pertinent. I will start of by saying that there is no good side in this situation and that I have two total different opinions about Charlie Hebdo. I do not support the act of terrorism nor do I support the satiric journal Charlie Hebdo. In this case, I don’t believe in all that freedom of speech thing. Maybe I am wrong, but I feel like people took it too far. Nowadays, I could be walking in the street and insulting your mother and then claiming freedom of speech. However, lately I have noticed that Charlie Hebdo seemed to denounce injustices and cruelty throughout the world. By mocking people they actually spread awareness, at least this is how I feel.

KW

Reply to: Identity Crisis
1 year 3 months ago

Hey good article right here! I totally agree that certain country in the Occidental society undergoes issues such as gender transition. However I do believe that focusing on this and having so much Media’s attention on the subject is ironic when at other places in the World there are major issues such as conflicts and poverty. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the stakes involved, but I believe that people should just get along with how they are born. It is not a coincidence if that issue is only in the Occidental society. It is because people are too busy focusing on ‘minor’ problems whereas in other places people fight disasters.

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1 year 3 months ago

You have some good points, even though there’s a certain drinking age there’s no way to prevent people (especially teenagers from consuming alcohol). To be honest I am not sure of what the legal drinking age should be? Nevertheless, I think that we should take into consideration that the brain is still developing until the mid 20’s so wouldn’t be better at 24 years old? In addition people tend to have a lot responsibility after a certain age such as driving, voting, being an adult. So maybe if the system considers that a young adult is ready to face all these responsibilities, maybe he’s ready to consume alcohol? Whatever in the measure taken, I believe that the most important thing to do is to do prevention so people are aware of the risk they take when they start consuming alcohol. After everyone is different so we can’t expect a perfect drinking age.

1 year 3 months ago

When first reading the Chambers definition of extremism, I found that it was not as dynamic as extremism really is. To elaborate, its definition talks about “holding extreme beliefs”, though I believe extremism transcends this definition and involves the implementation of these beliefs. To me, extremism revolves around doing, and not just thinking; this is why I preferred the film "Facing Extremism". This film supplies a wide array of different types of extremism, however they were all connected to the central idea of terrorism. Extremism does not necessarily mean terrorism, even though they share some traits. That being said, the film did show extremism is ever changing and how it is based on applying your beliefs. In addition, the film helped illustrate the different types of extremism we may not necessarily face on a daily basis. It served as a reminder that there are many different types of extremism, and not only religious extremism. This is important seeing as we mostly hear about this type of extremism and often forget about the different types of radicalism people around the world have to face.

1 year 9 months ago

I too really hope that the NDP or any other political party could be able to help the first nations people for all that they have lost from the oil crises as we saw in the documentary. Hopefully the liberal party will do something as well to help the first nations community as well since they got elected because it is a very serious issue at hand in our nation today

1 year 9 months ago

While the zero policy of the Green Party seems like a great idea, there's something about our society that could prevent this from vanish: money. As stated by the National Post, the federal debt of this year is evaluated at about 55 billion (see below). So, even if, in the short term, we don't have the budget to provide anyone with a house, food and health care, every party is working hard to make sure that poverty will be history in the long term. For now, there's a lot of organisation such as Make Poverty History which has received the support of over 280 880 Canadians.

1 year 9 months ago
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It is a good article, but I think that it would be interesting to know what the money will be used for, or if not mentioned, maybe say where you personally think the money will go, based on the Liberals' economic plans. What would also be interesting would be to know if their plan to help financially students, as mentionned in this article (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-election-2015-liberal-trudeau-1.3...) is linked to this plan of deficit.

1 year 9 months ago

Hello Zacharie,
I agree with Tom Mulcair’s point of view about the bill C-51. From what I have deducted from my readings, this hinders privacy of one’s Internet activities. In addition, Harper is taking a strong position regarding the conflict in Syria and ISIS: he is completely against this extremist group; therefore he is not politically neutral. He explicitly demonstrated it to us through his speeches like fighting against terrorism with the U.S. According to me, his speeches put us in a target zone by this group and the Parliament Hill shooting increased his paranoia. He took the action about building up an infallible security system to protect our country, but instead our privacy is decreasing and mostly innocent people are affected by it. Also to answer your second question about the liberals’ opinion on this bill, they might have meant to use this bill but not as extremist as Harper would have done, it could be applied in a moderate, effective, and fair way.

1 year 9 months ago

Even though the Liberal’s are not scrapping Bill C-51, they will make some major changes to it. The party’s main concern was how the Bill was too vague and gave Canada’s spying agencies too much power and insight to the population’s everyday life. The changes include the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) obtaining a warrant before starting an investigation, the yearly review of the CSE’s actions by the Parliament, a review of the Bill three years after it is approved and most importantly, the population and many experts will be asked for their opinion on the rewritten Bill. Meaning, the population will have a say about the Bill being passed or not. Contrary to M.Mulcair’s and M.Harper’s opinions, Prime Minister designate, Justin Trudeau will not have the citizens of Canada chose between liberty and security. Instead, he will provide the population with both.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/22/ten-things-to-expect-from-the-li...

1 year 9 months ago

I think that the healthcare system need to be improved. I think it is great that at least one party care about it too. Especially in the Quebec where we have problems with the healthcare system such as the lack of nurses.

The Block Quebec party wants to reduce the price on medication, but there is no other information about the healthcare system.

The Liberal party and the NPD also want to reduce price on medication. It will allow poor people to have care when they are sick .

The Green party may not be the only party that suggest improvments about the healthcare system, but it has the biggest change of all. Especially the care for eldelery because the population is aging like you said.

I hope that the Green Party will defend this important but forgotten system among the other parties.

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