Here are some of the things we talked about in class today. This about what all of this has to do with the power of social influence. Why are these issues ones that Social Psychology could address and learn lessons from? ENJOY!
1. Toys R Us and the end of gendered marketing of toys. Yaaaay! The name of the campaign is quite amazing, “Let Toys Be Toys”. What difference do you think this will make to children and parents? What kind of strategies do you think this campaign group used to create CHANGE?
Toys ‘R’ Us U.K. Agrees To End Gender Marketing In Response To ‘Let Toys Be Toys’ Campaign
***Check out the photos at the bottom of the article. I absolutely loved, and still love, Legos.
Toys R Us agree to drop sexist labelling of girls’ and boys’ toys after mounting pressure from campaign group
2. The sad finding that we , unfortunately, have THE WORST primary education system EVER. While yes, this is quite disheartening, I want us to also look at the METHODOLOGY that they used and their system of evaluating educational systems. Does it sound right? Does the methodology seem sound and fair? Do we really have THE WORST primary education system in the existence of primary education? How can these findings be related to SOCIAL CHANGE and educational reform? Food for thought…
Egypt’s primary education ranks last in Global Competitiveness report
3. To return to my utter abhorrence of the word “terrorist”, stereotyping and 9/11, and thankfully the beautiful fact that some people put the time and the effort to NOT blanketly stereotype. This is also a good example of a “field experiment”. Who speaks against the prejudiced speech and behavior? Who agrees with it? Why do you think each individual had their specific reactions? Why is the Upworthy post focusing on the fact that the AMerican soldier spoke out against prejudice? I just love this video and the people in it.
A Boy Makes Anti-Muslim Comments In Front Of An American Soldier. The Soldier’s Reply: Priceless.
4. Last but definitely NOT least, here is Debbie Downer. She is hilarious and it is a great Saturday Night Live skit. Its so funny, they couldn’t even keep a straight face during the skit… check it out. It has even reached “Urban Dictionary” status! AMAZING!