Evaluating the Functionalist Perspective on Education

Back to A level Sociology mode for a while… Thought I’d gift this to the A level community out there….My latest experiment in ‘evidence-based evaluative bombardment’. What does selected evidence suggest about the relevance of the Functionalist view of education today? Before you read the material below, make sure you have a clear understanding of […]

Summary of Bauman’s The Individualised Society – The Way We Are

Section One – The Way We  Are – Section 1/3, chapters 1-6 Chapter One  – The Rise and Fall of Labour This chapter explains that the decline of the labour movement is due the extraterritorial power of Capital. The industrial revolution led to labour being uprooted from its age old link to nature and then […]

Careers Advice for Teenagers Part One – Why You Can Never Do Enough to Make Yourself Employable

  So you’re 17 going on 18 and it seems like the end of A levels are ages away, but for some reason your damn tutors keep haranguing you about about preparing for your future career NOW. When it comes to career readiness, there is no such thing as enough, even if you are going […]

Summary of Zygmunt Bauman’s The Indivdualised Society (preface)

  It may sound odd doing a summary of a preface, but there is a lot of heavy stuff in here…. According to Bauman ‘Sociology can help us link our individual decisions and actions to the deeper cause of our troubles and fears – to the way we live, to the conditions under which we […]

New Year, New Bathroom, New Lock-In?

  So I spent most of the ‘Christmas’ holiday redoing the bathroom – stemming from a leaky waste on the bath and mould growth mainly because of a broken extractor fan – It took me several days to rip out the old (partly rotted) frame under the bath, build a new one and put it […]

The truancy map of England and Wales (infographics evaluation)

A new blog-theme I’m getting into  – A critical look at infographics – Mostly going to focus on education for the coming months… In 2012 Simon Rogers from The Guardian put together this Interactive truancy map of England and Wales which was constructed by ‘mashing together’ two data sets from the Department for Education: truancy figures […]

Buddhism Plain and Simple by Steve Hagan – A Summary

This post is simply a summary of (aspects of) Steve Hagen’s ‘Buddhism Plain and Simple’ This book aims to present The Buddha’s teaching in an accessible and uncluttered way. To my mind it succeeds, and here’s my summary. Introduction (pp1-5) As the millennium draws to a close we have lost faith with our storybook versions of […]

Three Score Years and Twenty – An Analysis of the Ageing UK Population.

I just listened to this useful Radio 4 Analysis podcast – Three Score Years and Twenty on Ageing Britain. It’s of clear relevance to the demography topic within the SCLY1 families and households module…. Here are some of the main points. In 1850,half the population in England were dead before they reached 46. Now half […]