Education & Social Change

About this class

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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6 années 2 mois 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...

6 années 2 mois 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.

6 années 2 mois ago

The law project contains many flaws. It suggests to protect us against all terrorism approach by increasing the level of surveillance of the CSIS, but this should have limits! In my opinion, that project as not set clear enough caps. Do we really need to choose between our liberty and our security? The NDP presents a strong opinion against the Conservative gimmick which I am sure would interest you. Link: http://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/the-ndp-and-greens-are-rightwe-need-t...

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6 années 2 mois ago

I think that your point is interesting. According to CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/30-000-canadians-are-homeless-every-night-..., there're 30 000 Canadians that are homeless and 200 000 that have been homeless. I'm not against the fact of helping reducing homelessness, but we cannot just eliminate poverty so fast. We can't afford to spend so much on that right now, it wouldn't be so good for our economy. As you said I don't think it would improve our health-care system. However, it is definitely a good idea to discuss about it. In my opinion, applying it on a long-term could be beneficial because if people can live an average life, they will spend and give back to the society which is good for the economy.

6 années 2 mois ago

The Liberal party wants to be a responsible government. To achieve that, they plan to make significant new investments in green infrastructure. They want to invest I wastewater facilities, clean energy, climate resilient infrastructure and infrastructure to protect against changing weather.
Those investments in green infrastructure will represent almost $6 billion over the next four years and near $20 billion over 10 years.

6 années 2 mois ago

I agree with you that the Rhinoceros Party of Canada is a political party that can be considered as a joke with an intended purpose, but in my opinion, the Communist Party of Canada can be a good solution as a party to vote for. I can give you an example with one of your aspects, which is to promote education by building taller schools. In fact, as the case of the Communist Party of Canada, they want to promote youth and education for all. One of the measures they intend to implement to improve youth and education is to build better colleges and schools with no more prisons and ''boot camps'' as an example. Youth is a big issue that is present in the Quebec province, since the Quebecer population is aging very fast. According to a research done by the Employment and Social Development of Canada, it states that back in 2011, 14.4% of the population has over 65 years old. The research indicates that the percentage of older people will grow more for the next few years. It seems like a good measure for the Communist Party of Canada for all these actions that they try to accomplish related to education, but it does leave some doubts. Will they be able to keep their promises about education? Will they be efficient? Are the measures taken by Communist Party of Canada do feel different compared to the other political parties? I hope that this helps you change your mind later on and get you a better understanding about the Communist Party.

For more information about the election platform of the Communist Party, you can go check this link which leads to the official site of their political party : http://communist-party.ca/platform

6 années 2 mois ago

I really think that parties like Forces et Démocratie and the Rhino Party are not there to be elected but are a symbol of dissatisfaction towards the major parties. In France, a comedian named Michel Colluci announced that he was running for presidency in 1980. Everybody saw his candidacy as a joke at first, but when he said he was sending an appeal to "to all of those who do not count for the government" like drug addicts,crazy people, and artists, he gained popularity and received 16,1% in the surveys. This example shows that parties can be created to criticize other parties and therefore represent the population's opinion.

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/politique/201309/27/01-46941...

6 années 2 mois ago

I agree with you, I don’t think they will be able to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that much. In the links that you put they don’t mention a lot of issues to arrive to a lower emission of gases. When they answer to the question, they are not saying a lot about what they want to do. I would like to know more about their ideas an there issues to the problem of emission of gases. However I find their idea to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emission really interesting. It’s nice to see that the politics party care about the environment too.

6 années 2 mois ago

Indeed, you couldn’t be more right about not having to think twice about helping to eliminate poverty. I think what the Green Party is doing is honourable and necessary as today, some own private jets while others must work hard to obtain something as simple as water. Poverty is, unfortunately, a horrible reality in our society. However, thankfully, there are various associations that make the eliminating of poverty their top priority such as the Together Against Poverty Society which you can find here: http://www.tapsbc.ca. This organization lives by this very quote by Mary Wollstonecraft; “It is justice, not charity that is wanting in the world’’. Indeed this is a legal advocacy organization that provides income assistance , disability benefits and tenancy problems for over five thousand people in Victoria each year.

6 années 2 mois ago

I find the Green Party’s plan for the environment much more credible than the Conservative Party’s platform. First of all, the Green Party actually tries to attack several problems relating to our environment while the Conservatives main plan involves building more pipelines. Additionally, the Green Party suggests ways that it will help our environment by offering solutions, compared to the Conservatives who only stated what they planned to do. Finally, Elizabeth May’s party planned to invest in renewable energy, a way in which both economy and the environment work in unison. This is compared to Harper’s view that either the economy or the environment must be prioritized. For a more detailed list of what the main parties planned to do if elected, I recommend checking out the following link. It compares the main political party’s stances on not only the environment, but several other issues as well. http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/everything-yo...

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