Posted on August 21st, 2012
We have all skipped a breath over the last couple of weeks when reading news reports of young women in our society being physically attacked and even killed at the hands of their parents. The common factor you may have noticed is that these females were embracing life and not being held back by the bounds of traditional culture in our modern world.
Jane Champion, 17, was attacked by her parents for being in an on-going relationship with Mr Ncube, from Zimbabwe. Jane’s parents have been jailed for the physical abuse which they inflicted on their daughter simply for having a black boyfriend.
Shafilea Ahmed, also 17, was abused and murdered by her parents in 2003. Shafilea’s crime was her attempt to integrate well into Western society. Her parents have recently been charged with the murder.
All parents face challenges as their daughter matures and starts to become independent, making their own life choices. However, in the cases of Shafilea and Jane’s parents, the extreme violent reaction to their daughter’s life choices will have a longer lasting detrimental effect to their families.
With their parents’ now in prison, Jane and Shafilea’s siblings will have to live with the trauma not only of witnessing the violence towards their sister, but the Court proceedings and associated journalism. Only time will tell the true effect this has had on their future decisions.
The phrase we see repeated by the parents in these cases is that their daughter was ‘bringing shame on the family’.
It could be argued that shame has been inflicted onto the family as a result of the parent’s actions, not by these young women who are adopting today’s values of equality and integration.
Posted on August 16th, 2012
As the Olympic torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro, we look back on a successful fortnight in London 2012.
The London 2012 Olympics has inspired generations to look for opportunities to take part in sports that they would not usually have considered. This can only be positive in the current ‘Computer Game’ generation where children tend to be more inclined to throw a virtual discus with their Wii remote than to take part in sport outside in the fresh air.
Competitive sport looks to be set for a revival in primary schools and we are expecting this to feature highly in the new curriculum this autumn. Research has shown that participation in school sport has been steadily increasing over the last few years.
However, is competitive sport right for all?
Some may argue that primary school aged children need to experience sport positively. All children develop their physical strength and ability at differing speeds and may struggle with some physical activity, which the following year they could excel in. Making sport competitive at this time could promote negativity and anxiety around certain sports and have a detrimental effect on their progression in the future.
On the other hand, it could be argued that society is a competitive place. From Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest through to job interviews, we as humans are constantly competing through life.
For some, the London 2012 Olympics was about more than just competitive sport. Both the opening and closing ceremonies were based around the creative arts in Britain, from music, to dancing, to design, to literacy.
Should the Olympic legacy be for our youth to get involved in activities they enjoy, whether it be creative arts, writing stories or sport?