Take It Easy?

I’ve just uploaded updated Terrorism powerpoints on the site for Higher Modern Studies World Issues.

Actually, doing the research for this topic I’m always worried I’ll put myself on the radar of MI5.

“We’ve got this guy in Fife who’s looking at some pretty dodgy groups! Aberdour. There’s nice golf there, let’s pay this McTaggart dude a visit!”

Hopefully not!

A couple of things struck me.

  1. Not that much has changed since this time last year. Or, in fact, the year before. Which is saying something in Modern Studies these days. Some new faces, some new developments. But that’s about it. Thankfully, there’s fewer terrorist acts being committed, in the UK at least. Covid has maybe played a part here too as well in every other aspect of our lives.
  2. Compared to doing a World Power such as the USA or China, Terrorism, as a topic, is really easy.

Let’s look at the Course Spec.

Social, economic and political factors which have caused the issue. There’s three or four. They vary by situation but they don’t change.

Effects of the issue on individuals, families and communities. The victims of terrorism are, obviously, traumatised and there’s social/economic impacts as tourists/businesses are fearful. Nothing too complicated here.

Effects of the issue on the governments involved and the wider international community Governments and international bodies need to respond in various ways.

Effectiveness of individual countries in tackling the issue. What actions have countries eg Scotland/the UK taken about terrorism and how effective have these actions been?

Effectiveness of international organisations in tackling the issue. Same on an international level.

Personally, I love teaching the USA. All the political stuff. The regional issues. Inequalities. Issues of racism. Some people feel the same about China.

But compare how much more difficult it is trying to explain the separation of powers, the constitution, powers of the president, Congress, the Supreme Court, the electoral system… And then there’s Trump!

I dare say you’ve thought of all this too.

At the end of the day, our job is to teach youngsters about the world we live in.

Yet, being pragmatic, as teachers always have to be, there’s always a tension between breadth, knowledge for its own sake and exam results. I can see why teachers may choose a World Issue over a World Power.