Saturday, 24 January 2009

Sociology: Hopeless!

When five people (i.e. the whole class) don't know the meaning of any of these words:

Hetereosexual
Monogamy
Polygamy
Contraception
Abortion
Celibate

and the REASON is they haven't bothered to look at the powerpoints on the AS Sociology blog, then I know that whether or not this class is even offered, has to be reconsidered.

When people get 18% or 20% on a test that is based on one page of GCSE notes that was available 2 weeks ago, then I know that whether or not this class is even offered, has to be reconsidered.

When people are set five simple questions to answer and bring to class and not one of them does it, then I know that whether or not this class is even offered, has to be reconsidered.

Looking at the specimen questions, the 24 mark question requires:

"Examine the ways in which social policies and laws may influence families and
households."

Answer....

"In answering this question, candidates may refer to some of the following sources and/or
relevant alternative ones: Gittens, Donzelot, Murray, Drew, Wilson, Althusser, Hood-Williams."

When you don't read about researchers, don't participate in blogs where ideas can be exchanged, cannot even learn one page of GCSE notes, then I know that whether or not this class is even offered, has to be reconsidered.

Each person who originally signed up for Sociology will be asked again whether they want to continue because there is every possibility that the class will now be closed. You are starting 20 weeks behind English-speaking students (some of whom have done GCSE) and yet most of you cannot even be bothered to read research, write it up, contribute to forums, and do preparatory work.

Look at these three blogs:

Elvira

Mary

Rebecca

even these only just begin to make up the work that has been missed!

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