Troops Out of our Schools! Thursday 30th August

August 30, 2007

TONIGHT in Glasgow! – A really interesting event that all teachers should support!  For my views on the subject please see my previous post.

School Students Against War Public Meeting
7.30pm Langside Halls, 1 Langside Avenue, Shawlands, Glasgow
 
Speakers Include:
Rose Gentle (Military Families Against War), Sam Fairbairn (School Students Against War), Lorna McKinnon (Student, Bellahouston Academy)
 
Bush and Blair’s war on terror has left Iraq in ruins.  655,000+ have died at their hands.  The occupying forces are failing to provide basic public services while they rob Iraq of its oil wealth. Hundreds of British soldiers are dead as a consequence of the war.  Troop morale is at an all-time low: senior military figures and ordinary soldiers are increasingly speaking out against the war.  Others are voting with their feet by leaving the army in record numbers. Faced with troop shortages, the military are conducting a recruitment drive among the most vulnerable young people in our society.  Now, school students and teachers are speaking out against military recruitment in schools.
 
Troops out of Iraq, Troops out of our Schools!

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Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power

July 20, 2007

An excellent documentary on mainstream culture and its responsibility towards educating children.  The focus is on the Disney Corporation as one of the most powerful and explores the narrative and characterisation in its films, exposing sexist, racist, historically inaccurate and abusive values.  Contains interviews with cultural critics, media scholars, child psychologists, kindergarten teachers, multicultural educators, college students and children.

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Corporations in the Classroom

June 25, 2007

I remember when I was at primary school we had a weetabix alphabet wall chart.  Looks like things have moved on since then and for the worse in North America.  With hyper marketing to children and the New Labour getting business more involved in education, through Blairs city academies, I can’t help but feel we are moving in a bad direction.

The following is a great documentary on corporate involvement in education.

Marketing to school age students is now a 2 billion dollar industry. The way corporate sponsors are stepping up to the plate, offering promotions, sponsorships and even free curriculum there is no stopping the flow of advertising in covert forms. Or is there?The problem is there are few or no regulations in place to protect our children from corporate marketing campaigns that look just like classroom lessons. And schools need playgrounds and gym equipment that taxes do not seem to pay for any longer.

Enter new corporate champions. First come sponsorships, then come naming rights and next come learning materials in the classrooms! Watch as donations become classroom resources and product placement opportunities. The good news is some school districts are fighting back and succeeding in keeping the classrooms a safe haven from the marketing hype.