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Encouraging understanding of difference

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 at 6:28 am

Here’s a piece from today’s BBC website about attempts to offer positive representations and increased understanding of mental health problems to teenagers.

We used The Curious Incident… as an example of a text that makes an intervention into how disability and mental health (or just perceived “weirdness”) might be represented, and this article could be a helpful complementary text.

Karen Matthews and single mothers

In crime, individuals, issues, social groups on December 9, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Some more stuff on single mothers, linked to the Shannon Matthews’ case.

Daily Telegraph article defending single mothers (and lots of comments attacking the article).

Barbara Ellen in The Guardian on “why Karen Matthews really offended the middle classes”.

News of the World “Evil Karen Matthews two-timed pervert lover with sick kidnapper” (or something like that)

Social workers and children’s services

In events, individuals, issues, social groups on December 3, 2008 at 6:04 am

Following the horrific Baby P story, the papers have been full of vitriolic attacks on social workers in Haringey (and in general). Here’s a taste of some of the ways in which this social group and individuals such as Sharon Shoesmith have been represented comments on The Sun’s message boards.

Sun letters and texts

Daily Mirror – view from a social worker

Daily Mail – “bungling social workers put children at risk”

Daily Mail – social workers criticised for “flimsy abuse claim”

You can’t win with the Daily Mail, can you?

As an ENGA1 mode exercise, you might find the comparisons between Sun letters and text messages useful too.

Disarming Britain

In crime, issues on June 23, 2008 at 7:00 am

Site supporting Channel 4’s season on gun and knife crime in Britain.

The programmes themselves could be good for use in class and might help with resources from other modes, plus there’s a blog and sets of links to other sites focusing on the issue.