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Education is the movement from darkness to light
- Allan Bloom

 

Value of Humanities education

The relevance of educating our children in the humanities is fast receding, giving way to undue emphasis on economic literacy and business education. Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Martha N Nussbaum, in her book ‘Not for Profit - Why Democracy Needs the Humanities’ (Princeton University Press: 2010) states: The humanities and arts play a central role in the history of democracy and yet today many parents are ashamed of children who study literature or art.

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Congratulations Elector, you’ve just elected yourself!

I know this is a punchi chandaya, a ‘small’ and relatively inconsequential election. Local Government polls tend to be like that. I am writing this on election day. I have no idea what the outcome will be like and shall not speculate apart from saying the obvious: the voter turnout will be very low. The result may or may not have an impact on national level politics but that’s best analysed after the outcome is known along with relevant details.

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Rising crime affects society

Durkheim viewed crime (deviancy) as being just another function of society. He noted that it forms part of every society and was therefore a natural occurrence. In fact, he viewed it as fulfilling various important social needs; it acted to unify law-abiding citizens against the criminal, thus “crime brings together honest men and concentrates them.” Recognition of crime was a validation of the existence of laws, which were in turn a reinforcement of our central values - after all, “we do not condemn (an act) because it is a crime, but it is a crime because we condemn it.” (Durkheim and the philosophy of causation -MTravis)

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