BBC News – Tal Fortgang not sorry for being white and privileged

Princeton University freshman Tal Fortgang has been told repeatedly to "check his privilege" - to be aware of how his socio-economic and cultural background shapes his views - and he's not happy about it."The phrase," he writes, "handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach [...]

T214: TMA06 and the EMA

I had a very welcome email from the Open University last night informing me that my mark for TMA06 had arrived. I'd been worried about this, because I needed a mark over 80% in order to achieve the magical 70% average over the six assignments, enough to give me a chance of a grade 2 [...]

Crime in 20th Century Britain

Block 4 of my T214 course is concerned with examining crime and criminal behaviour from a systemic perspective. This is of particular interest at the moment due to the recent riots, and I'm aware that one of the concepts being raised is the viability and usefulness of prison. I haven't started on this yet but [...]

T214: Activity 5.6 Evolution of the ecology

My systems practice OU module is starting to get really interesting. The use of metaphors to explain situations has expanded to include an organic metaphor - organisations as organisms. This seems to work for me - probably better than the "machine" metaphor - as I think that most systems that involve people can be better [...]

T214: Activity 5.2

I submitted TMA05 on Sunday (only 9 days late) and I'm now behind on the coursework that leads up to TMA06. This is not a particularly great situation, considering the amount of readings and activities to get through, but at least the course materials are interesting. I neglected to write much about my learning activities [...]

T214 Block 3: Activity 1.3

Here's another one of those OU-centric posts that will bore everyone stupid. Well, even more-so than my the usual crap I stick on here. This is the first activity I'm writing up for Block 3. This new block focusses on social systems - systems made up primarily of people. People can be fickle, unreliable and [...]

T214: Block 2, Activity 1a – Climate Change

This activity requires me to "reflect on how a range of 'thinking traps’ may influence how you engage with complex situations" by writing down what I think about: "the causes of emerging environmental crises such as climate change, and what you believe could resolve these problems" I'm not sure they could have picked a more [...]

T214: Block 2, Multiple Intelligences

The OU course notes have opened up a whole other can of worms about different kinds of intelligence. There has been some research by Gardner that revealed eight different types of intelligence. These are: Linguistic intelligence. The ability to use a coherent narrative to communicate and organise thoughts. Logical–mathematical intelligence. The ability to investigate issues [...]