Five Corners of Reggae Music

SPEECH GIVEN AT THE AFRIKA EYE FILM FESTIVAL – 12 NOV 2016 Introduction given before the screening the documentary Roots, Reggae, Rebellion. ____________________________________ Five Corners of Reggae: what reggae music means to me Welcome to the Afrika Eye film festival screening of Roots, Reggae, Rebellion, the documentary on the history or reggae music presented by Akala.

My Views: Teaching, Learning and Research in Creative Arts education

My colleague Angus Fraser asked me to fill out a questionnaire for a paper he is writing.  As I like to recycle and re-connect content, I’ve pasted my answers below.  All the views are my own and not my employers or departments. ============= QUESTIONNAIRE BY ANGUS FRASER NAME: Dr Shawn Sobers         

Where can young people go for refuge? (Open letter to the Principle and Governors of Life Learning Academy, San Francisco)

Courtni Webb, one of your 17 year old high school students, is now facing the possibility of being expelled from your school after writing a poem about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the poem Courtni wrote she understood why someone like Adam Lanza might do what he did. She wasn’t agreeing with

On Behaviour Management in schools

Recently a good friend of mine asked for my opinion on behaviour management in schools.  Behaviour management is a huge problem for some schools, and in some cases it is their overwhelming main problem, especially in secondary schools, (11+ years of age).  When I wrote this response I think, for various reasons, I mainly had Primary

Uni runs Graduate Certificate in Participatory Arts and Media Professional Practice

Here are details of a Graduate certificate course I helped to write at the University of the West of England, which is aimed at people working in community arts & media. There are three modules, with a wide range of tutors each module; – Participatory Arts: Practice & Context Looks at the history of community

Community Media as the constant entity in generational change in education, and elusive Clout and Capital.

Last night I went to an interesting seminar at the Watershed Media Centre called ‘Cultural Learning: Young people – schools – creative industries’.  It was all about the 8 month relationship the Watershed have built up with Fairfield High School, which has seen a teacher being based at the Watershed one day a week, film & TV professionals

Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead?

Earlier this week, John Gibson, chair of the Independent Schools Association, told its annual conference that many children are growing up in “prison-like environments” because they are surrounded by technology and don’t play outdoors enough.  (See the BBC story here.)  Even though I’m an advocate of media literacy and the role of digital media in education, I agree