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Archive for March, 2011

Social class and educational achievement essay plan

Posted by Realsociology on 30th March 2011

Assess the extent to which home based, rather than school – based factors account for social class based differences in educational achievement (20) Let this post stand as a monument to how much I hate marking essays – I just spent 20 minutes writing it – the unconscious motivation obviously being to avoid marking four dozen with same […]

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Why boys underachieve and some policies to combat this- kind of an update

Posted by Realsociology on 29th March 2011

Just a quick summary of this video for those students who didn’t get a chance to see it in class due to technical problems – once the vid has outlined some of the reasons for boys underachievement it then goes onto look at some policies to combat this – you can’t forward through it to select […]

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Boys maybe underachieving, but there’s still sexist bullying in schools!

Posted by Realsociology on 25th March 2011

Extract from Kat Banyard’s “The Equality Illusion” – Chapter 2 – Hands up for …………….. A gendered Education I thought students studying gender and education might like this piece of research – on the consequences of sexist bullying. This is literally copied straight out of the book above (2010), hopefully it should be obvious how […]

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Tony Sewell – explaining black boys’ underachievement

Posted by Realsociology on 24th March 2011

A few details of Sewell’s explanations for the relative underachievement of British Caribbean boys Against people like David Gilborn, he argues that it’s ¨not  teacher Racism! He says there are ¨Multiple causes – Mainly out of school – Lack of legitimate opportunities to get a good education! Poverty High proportion of single mother households Cultural […]

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There is an alternative to the Tory cuts

Posted by Realsociology on 19th March 2011

As explained by this woman on a london bus! March for the alternative

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The insignificance of humanity

Posted by Realsociology on 17th March 2011

The Tree of Life diagram is a great source to remind you of the utter insignificance of humans in the overall evolutionary scheme of things and in the complex ‘web of life’ in general. Click on the link immediately below to get the full chart!!! The Tree of Life Diagram For more details on what […]

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Green beans, land grabs and biofuels

Posted by Realsociology on 13th March 2011

What, you might ask, do these have in common? – They are all examples of the developed world using land in the developing world to fuel high levels of consumption at the expense of local populations. All thes clips are from the BBC’s excellent ‘Future of Food’ series which aired in 2010. The first videos […]

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Hans Rosling – Population growth, IKEA style

Posted by Realsociology on 13th March 2011

In this video Hans Rosling talks about population growth since 1960 to the present day and muses on what might happen by 2050 – using boxes as a visual aid to highlight how population growth occurs mainly in the developing world.  While this video is an excellent aid to understanding how population is growing and how world […]

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Should you boycott the 2011 Census?

Posted by Realsociology on 8th March 2011

Lockheed Martin is set to earn £150 million for running part of the UK National Census. The problem here is that this company earns 80% of its income from working for the American military and has profitted massively from the recent illegal war in Iraq. There are also concerns that Lockheed Martin will use the information […]

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Jamie – loved yer mushroom Risotto, but I find yer ‘dream school’ programme unpalatable.

Posted by Realsociology on 6th March 2011

Jamie, thanks for teaching me how to make a really nice Mushroom Risotto – in return I attach this document – which you might like to work through like my AS level students did last week – Education videos and Web links with Qs It will show you that the problem with your ‘dream school’ show is that it […]

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