Last year my socials work revolved around the topics of privilege and social issues involving race, and the ethics and morals of the human race. For example, I published posts about the Importance of the Underground Railroad , the open-ended question of “Where Have We Been?” and Where Are We Going?” (where I stated that I would focusing on the evolution and changing of human ethics and morals.”) and finally, the aftermath of residential schools.  For my final I wrote a fictional life of Sir Francis William Tilley, and the personal opinions he had while Canada was becoming Canada. This was an enjoyable task to do, and I appreciated the ~artistic freedom~ I was given narrating his life.

These narratives seem to roll over into this year of socials 9, starting off with the investigation Columbus’ ethics and morals when he accidentally discovered a certain part of America (Lief Erikson discovered Vinland, possibly Newfoundland as we know it today). I’m looking forward to see these themes be brought up continuously throughout the year, as I find ethics and privilege an interesting topic to discuss in class, and something that is effecting the world today. If we do, my goals will fit together with the class well since a few of my topics are to:

  1. Articulate and express my opinions better.
  2. Forge, define, and defend my opinions in a calm and civilized manor.
  3. Research and become more up to date with current events.
  4. Learn more about past revolutions, riots, and rebellions and how they may mirror current revolutions.

Although it is a good idea the develop and think about all the core competencies, the following core competencies that I believe line up with these goals are: Critical Thinking, Communication, and Social Responsibility.

After having the discussion on Friday, I was able to come up with a “big idea” that I feel that can be discussed and research, and one that I am genuinely interested in. My big idea is a countries pride vs. their truth, and where can they find the balance between the two. The big idea I see interesting that’s given by the ministry is “Disparities in power alter the balance of relationships between individuals and between societies.” I think this relates to my questions and goals because a imbalance in power between societies and races can lead to revolutions and movements, as well it is relevant to today’s current events (Syrian Civil War, Black Lives Matter Movement).

(Disclaimer: I’m not entirely sure what we’re supposed to talk about in the next part, this is my interpretation)

Reading Columbus’s story told by Zinn confirmed my thoughts of Columbus and how his story has been sugar coated and celebrated for years, even though what he did made me queasy when reading. In reading the excerpt from Zinn’s book, and discussing it in groups, here are some questions I conjured:

  1. What characteristics did Columbus and his crew hold to display such a power amid the Arawaks?
  2. Why did Columbus and his crew believe that they were given all this power when they arrived in the Caribbean?
  3.  At what point did they start the inhumane and horribles acts? And what fueled them?
  4. Did their social hierarchy in Spain affect their predisposition to capture, torture, and kill the Arawaks?

So those are just a few ideas,

Here’s to a new semester of socials