EDPS 360 (A2) Fall 2013

Posts Tagged ‘inequality’

philosophy bites: Norman Daniels on the Philosophy of Healthcare

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

A good podcast and a good demonstration of how intellectuals can engage with everyday political issues.

philosophy bites: Norman Daniels on the Philosophy of Healthcare.

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Discrimination case pits transgender rights against those of a religious school after teacher fired for changing gender

In Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Current Events on May 13, 2014 at 7:00 am

“On the matter of whether it was discrimination, there’s no real debate.

Substitute teacher Jan Buterman was fired when she became a he over the summer of 2008.

Jan Buterman

“The reason for removing you from the substitute teacher list follows a conversation we shared last June in which you indicated that you had been diagnosed with a gender identity medical condition,” read the termination letter from the Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board in northern Alberta. “In discussions with the Archbishop of the Edmonton Diocese, the teaching of the Catholic Church is that persons cannot change their gender. One’s gender is considered what God created us to be.”

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Discrimination case pits transgender rights against those of a religious school after teacher fired for changing gender.

Piketty & Others on Capital in the Twenty-First Century

In Uncategorized on May 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

This video is a useful introduction to  Capital in The Twenty-First Century, a book that has become a global sensation in recent months. If you don’t have time to read the whole book, this is not a bad place to get the gist. Piketty himself provides a summary, others (Stiglitz, Krugman, Durlauf) provide commentary.

As to what this video has to do with education, the topic is not addressed specifically in the video, but there is, I think, an implicit appeal to and/or critique of the notion that education itself combats inequality. This is a extraordinarily complex question, one that is very much worth exploring. Whatever the facts of this matter, the question of how education can be made to combat inequality ought to compel us toward lively debate.

Near the beginning, a couple of data sources are mentioned, the World Top Incomes Database and the Luxembourg Income Study Database.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century – YouTube.

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