Society

<strong></strong>Reflections on Covid-19: a crisis of freedom, but to what end?
Society

Reflections on Covid-19: a crisis of freedom, but to what end?

Originally published in The Cambridge Student. What is freedom? Is it the right to choose and determine all actions which we make, or the capacity to gain from actions which we partake in? What is the role of community in our understanding of freedom? For a community must have a radiant centre, a light which shines through all people involved. This needs an invisible altar with which all inside worship. An agreement of the common good which assists the vibrancy of encounters with one another. There has to be a realisation of our joint and united endeavour in our understanding of ourselves. But to what extent have freedom and community become entirely separate? We look at our current circumstances against the backdrop of VE day. A time of remembrance of joint loss and suffer...
<strong></strong>How COVID-19 is exposing capitalism as the enemy, and socialism as the friend
Society

How COVID-19 is exposing capitalism as the enemy, and socialism as the friend

Undoubtedly, the world has taken an ‘unprecedented’ (in the words of every leading politician recently) turn towards the dystopian narratives we’ve grown up seeing in TV and film. The world is turning on its head with even Britney Spears coming out as a comrade, too. In the past few days I’ve been seeing the same people who rallied for Boris in the recent General Election now circulating petitions for equal pay and protection of their rights as workers. I want to say that I’m surprised, but ultimately, I’m not. Essentially, the world has found a new enemy, the new coronavirus, and is yet to realise that its previous enemy, socialism, is actually their friend. If anything, capitalism is the disease. It’s true, this is probably one of the biggest collective struggles we’ll ever have to f...
<strong></strong>Why grading systems are a flawed measure of intelligence
Education

Why grading systems are a flawed measure of intelligence

Since I’ve been in education, I have always found a distaste in grading systems. When I first had a piece of creative writing assessed, I realised that one person may find my work amazing, whilst another would find it terrible. Though I have continued to push myself through this constraining education system, I believe that the concept of grading and the effects of it should be considered more heavily. This issue has particularly come into importance to me during my time at the University of Waterloo, where I have had the privilege to work with a professor whose teaching philosophy disregards the traditional grading system in a way which ultimately benefits students. The topic of education and grading has been linked with the conversation self-esteem and validation for an extended peri...