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Photos to challenge assumptions...

Discussion in 'PSHE' started by mousethew, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. mousethew

    mousethew New commenter

    HI, I am planning to do an assembly for KS3 with the theme of lazy assumptions / other people's views. I will link it to news about "alternative truths' and "post truth" and have cards printed that read "truth" / "false", "i'm fine/save me", "thank you/thank you" depending on which way your orientate them - turn your computer upside down to see what I mean (or just copy and rotate the images) I'll start with the first two and ask what they read - cue arguments about 'facts'; point out that the 'answer' depends on your viewpoint etc. I then want to show a range of photos... but can't find what I need. What i'm looking for is photos that 'close up' suggest one thing that is a lazy assumption (eg a heavily tatooed biker appearing to be pushing someone) that when panned out show something else (eg the biker is pushing someone out of the way of danger). I'll finish with the "Thank you" card and point out that some things - such as politeness - are clear whatever way you look at it. Feel free to use the ideas but in the meantime.... Does anyone have a website / series of photos as described?????

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  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    No ideas about photos, but just wanted to say this sounds like a fun and thought-provoking assembly!
  3. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference New commenter

    How about taking a different approach, which includes involving the children by using their talents as photographers? They could produce the photos themselves, emphasising that the camera doesn't always tell the whole story. It might be just as effective, or even more so.
  4. tackles

    tackles Occasional commenter

    If you can show video clips have a look at the Guardian skinhead advert from 1986, old enough that your audience probably won't have seen it.

  5. mousethew

    mousethew New commenter

    Love both of those ideas - hadn't seen the guardian advert but it's exactly the kind of thing I had in mind and involving the students with their photos is a nice one too. In the end, I used 7 photos of people who defy expectations (Shannon Murphy, Nicole Lyons, Trishna Bharadia ,Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Capeci, Matt Taylor, John Paul “Chief” Lilly) and and got them to literally 'label' the blown-up photos around the hall with the 7 descriptions (model, sports star and pulished poet, Harvard graduate, campaigner for disability awareness, astrophysicist, therapist specialising in Childhood trauma, singer in a band etc) the labels were placed almost exclusively to stereotypes and I then went through who they really were (a couple of students recognised the biker who runs Bikers Against Child Abuse but most didn't recognise the people used). It wasn't quite what I started out thinking but it worked very well with the message of 'living in a post-truth world it is even more important that we don't label people and make lazy assumptions but are ruthless in searching out the truths behind our emotional reaction'

    I will be using both the other ideas in the near future though

    Thanks all for your ideas.

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