the Milgram experiment which was a series of famous scientific studies of social psychology, intended to measure the willingness of a participant to obey an authority who instructs the participant to do something that may conflict with the participant's personal conscience.
The experiment was first described in 1963 by Stanley Milgram, a psychologist at Yale University, and later discussed in his 1974 book, Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View.
The experiments began in July 1961, three months after the start of the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. Milgram devised the experiment to answer the question "Could it be that Eichmann and his million accomplices in the Holocaust were just following orders? Could we call them all accomplices?"
I also remember learning about the
The Stanford prison experiment , it was a landmark psychological study of the human response to captivity, in particular, to the real world circumstances of prison life, and the effects of imposed social roles on behavior. It was conducted in 1971 by a team of researchers led by Philip Zimbardo of Stanford University. Volunteers played the roles of guards and prisoners and lived in a mock prison built in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. However, the experiment quickly got out of hand and was ended early.
And then there was the BLUE EYES/BROWN EYES experiment
In the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr Elliot developed a simple exercise that explored the nature of racism and prejudice Elliott's method for exploring racism in the context of an all-white classroom consisted of dividing her students into two groups on the basis of eye color, blue or brown (those with other eye colors were assigned to the group that most closely matched their own.)On the first day, Elliott told her students that possessing blue eyes indicated superiority in intelligence and conferred extra classroom privileges while having brown eyes indicated inferiority. Quickly, the students of the "superior" color began to oppress those of the "inferior" color, while those of the "inferior" color exhibited negative feelings of self-loathing and fear.The next day, Elliott reversed the exercise, telling the students that her statements the previous day were untrue, and that the reverse situation now prevailed. The same children who had been oppressed the day before quickly took on the oppressing role, and vice versa . As a school teacher in Riceville, Iowa she tried to explain the meaning of King's death to her all white students. Riceville was and is today a predominantly white, Christian town with a population of 1,000 people. Elliott devised the exercise -this is not an experiment, she emphasizes- in which one day the brown eyed children are on top and the next day the blue eyed. "I chose a physical characteristic over which they had no control and attributed negative elements to this characteristic." Elliott chose eye color because she was under the impression that during the second world war eye color was one of the ways for the Nazis to determine if someone was sent to the gas chamber or not.
I am the first to admit that I am not the brightest bunny and my memory is not brilliant but I feel that I was able to read the data presented in the above experiments and understand the basic concepts and results.
I feel that the evidence showed how weak and fragile mankind is and easily susceptible to the influence of society and peer pressure. I know all these things and yes I do realise that evidence can be manipulated and how the ethics of experiments have to be taken into consideration so the validity of any experiments can be questioned but it brought me to a frightening awareness of how I as an individual could so easily be influenced. I would love to think I wouldn't!
I love watching reality TV shows and yes they do make me laugh but I never cease to be shocked at the way people behave. OF COURSE in my ivory tower I always think,'oooooooh I would never do that!'
Pleeeeeese, I would probably be a right cow I am very ashamed to say.
I quite frequently watch reality shows and watch from behind my fingers, cringing, thinking ' oh please say I wouldn't have done that'. However, let me make this point clear, I am not talking about the Jade BB's KEBAB type moments, that would be a definite NO-NO. I am talking more about the reality moments where the contestants fail to put brain into gear before speaking moments. Save me from my gob! Yes I have the ability to think quickly in conversations and say funny things but afterwards I think things like ,'Oh I hope I didn't say something to upset them'.
I was appalled to watch Ken Russell on celeb BB talking to Jade Goodie, his behaviour was just unacceptable. He ridiculed Jade and was insulting because he didn't believe she was in the same class as him.When Jade told Ken"You've got no respect and consideration for these people," yelled a fuming Jade', after Ken ate food even though he was told not to by the other house mates.
"They aren't people, they're Servants,"
"Servants!" "Trash! Slaves!"
"That's just nasty, they helped you put your socks on," responded Jade. The sad thing was that Ken really seemed to mean what he said.
Jade was right , the house mates had been good to Ken and he showed no respect for them. Ken was so pompous and pretentious, his behaviour was summed up when he said in response, 'AM I BOVERED?' Obviously not!
AND TO THE MAIN REASON WHY I HAVE HAD A BAD DAY!As the character Jamie in Truly, Madly, Deeply said, 'I blame the government!'
When Beauty went to school I was not happy with the inadequate educational provision contained in Beauty's statement of Special Educational Needs. So I had to go to a Special Needs Tribunal and beg, yes beg and grovel for what I knew was my child's needs and right to have. The local education authority did not believe that Beauty needed a one-to-one helper in a
special needs school but she did because she wasn't safe to be without one. She would drop and refuse to move, climb , eat small objects and engage in a million and 1 other dangerous pass times. Whilst looking after Beauty the staff would not be caring for the other children who would then be put at risk. Those in charge of the tribunal when making the decision told me that Beauty had to have the extra helper in the class but THEY DID NOT WANT TO START A PRECEDENCE BY GIVING HER ONE TO ONE, I believe that this was an illegal thing for them to say because other cases are not meant to influence their decision.
I also had to get them to state in WORDS visible from space that Beauty also needed all her therapies because if they didn't say it then the school would not get the money for it. Notice that I did not say SHE WOULD NOT GET THE THERAPIES because no matter what, she would get the therapies , care and education she deserved because the head teacher, teachers, teacher's aides and therapists who(IF THERE IS A GOD AND IN THIS MATTER I PRAY THERE IS) will be seated on the right hand side of God for doing everything for Beauty and giving her all the therapies regardless of receiving money for it(but when they spend time with Beauty they are not with every other just as deserving child). So the answer is money, YES MONEY, everyone knows this , accepts this and deals with it apart fro the government, the LABOUR GOVERNMENT headed by TONY BLAIR and the local education authorities around the country. I believe that the educational officers who attended my daughters tribunal are people without a soul, without shame, without common decency, I believe that they were just downright mean. They made me feel that we had no right to ask for anything. Yes it is true that THOSE WHO SHOUT LOUDEST GET THE MOST and that stinks. In one interview I was told that there was only a certain sized, 'pot of money' and if I had that money then somebody else wouldn't. NICE PEOPLE!
I told one education officer that if it was their child then they would get everything, she told me that she was shocked that I should suggest such a thing and I told her that I didn't care how shocked she was and not matter how much she denied it it was still true. Hence, I am not popular with the local education authority and 'DO I CARE?'
SO WHY AM I SO UNHAPPY TODAY?
Yep you've guessed!
Former Education Secretary Ruth Kelly has defended her decision to send her son, who has "substantial learning difficulties", to a private school.
I believe it is every parents right to do the best for their child.
I am not upset with Ruth Kelly, I am upset with a government.
''Ms Kelly said it was not uncommon for pupils with substantial learning difficulties to spend some time outside the state sector to help them progress. Sometimes this is paid for by the local authority. In my case, I have not and will not seek the help of the local authority in meeting these costs,"
THE LEA WILL PAY IF THEY AGREE THAT THE PROVISION IS THE RIGHT ONE AND YOU HAVE BEGGED AND GROVELLED ENOUGH AT A TRIBUNAL.
Although she did not say where her son had attended school, Tower Hamlets Council issued a statement about its special needs provision.
It reads: "We are confident that our schools are well resourced and provide high quality education for all learners, including those with special needs."
"Ms Kelly said Acting on professional advice - which the local authority accepts - I am placing my son in a school that will be able to meet his particular needs."
OK SO THEY 'ACCEPT 'WHAT YOU HAVE DONE MS KELLY BUT IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THEY DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU. THEY BELIEVE THAT THEIR PROVISION IS GOOD ENOUGH.
SO THE EDUCATION AUTHORITY THINK THAT THEIR PROVISION IS GOOD ENOUGH BUT THE FORMER EDUCATION SECRETARY DOES NOT.
But Labour MP Barry Sheerman, chairman of the Commons education select committee, said: "The state system at its best should be able to provide for every kind of special education need - but at the moment in some parts of the country that's not true."
SO WOULD MY CHILD RECEIVE A BETTER EDUCATION IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL?
IF THIS WERE THE BEST OPTION WOULD I GET GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR IT?
LET ME SEE!
WOULD I HAVE TO BEG AND GROVEL FOR IT?
DO I HAVE TO STAND ON TOP OF A TALL BUILDING AND SCREAM,
'LOOK AT ME, I AM ORDINARY, MY CHILD IS AUTISTIC, MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL NEEDS, MY CHILD IS THE LOVELIEST , SWEETEST 6 YEAR OLD IN ALL THE WORLD AND I WANT THE BEST FOR HER'
DO YOU THINK ANYONE WILL LISTEN?
WHAT DO OTHERS THINK?