Year 7 Webzine 2011

February 2, 2012 in Web Sites by Staff

 Stance Teen Webzine 2011

  • Thinking Beyond
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  • The social activity of Grade 6/Year 7. Thinking Outside the Box in the “Global Village”
In the early 1960s Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), an influential Canadian philosopher, envisioned the establishment of what he called a “global village”, in which  humankind would move from individualism and fragmentation to a collective identity based on technology.  In other words, he believed the divisions among us would eventually be overcome by the establishment of a worldwide network of communications.  What once was just a prediction, however, has been transformed into reality thanks to the appearance of the World Wide Web.  For the first time in our history, the Internet has allowed people from all walks of life around the globe to connect meaningfully with each other in real time, as if we were all living in the same space.   In doing so, we are challenged to discard old notions of otherness. Nevertheless, despite this revolutionary strengthening of the bonds that tie us together, multiple outlooks on life still exist. Indeed, these various perspectives, encapsulated by the term “alterity”, can be enriching, for by understanding differences we also enhance our ability to understand ourselves.  This capacity to “think outside the box”, to see beyond the “ego”, is what we educators at Stance Dual School seek to instill in our students.   The Year 7 Webzine, therefore, is one of the products of those efforts.