Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Today in Social Science, at the beginning of the lesson, Paqui has reminded us the features of Liberalism, the ones we copied on Monday. Liberalism is a political ideology that defines a political system based on the following ideas: the human beings are born free and have some inalienable rights, citizens’ rights are reflected on a Constitution, the State has to guarantee citizens’ rights (social contract) , national sovereignty in which power belongs to citizens, who exert it through the representatives they choose in the elections, division of powers to avoid abuse and free market economy in which the State doesn’t have to intervene in economy.

We have copied the two types of liberalism from the powerpoint; they are classical liberalism where the main word is only, because in this trend property is the main right, only those who have properties are considered to be citizens and they defended census suffrage; the other one is democratic liberalism where equality before the law is the main right and all citizens are equal and have the right to vote, they defended universal suffrage.

After that, Paqui has explained us Nationalism. People could decide if they wanted to become independent or to belong to a nation. There are two conceptions of nation. The first one is progressive inclusive, members of the nation want to belong to it, like France in the past. The second one is conservative or excluding, members of the nation are those who share some common features. An example of this is the Nazis with race.

Then, we have copied self-determination and self-government from the blackboard. We have spoken about Fichte, a romantic German writer who wrote “Address to the German Nation”.

Ana has said that for her it isn’t right to have to learn Catalan, Euskera and Gallego to work in Catalonia, the Basque Country or Galicia. Paqui has said that we have to open our minds, because we can’t close doors with the problems of the languages. Paqui has also said that if you go to study abroad with Erasmus grant you will understand many languages, because it is a new opportunity in which people know that the most important thing is people and they forget nations and languages, because languages are only the way of communicating. I think that always when you learn a new language, whatever it is, it is good for you, because it is new knowledge.

After that, Paqui has explained us the three revolutionary waves in the 1st half of the 19th century: in 1820, 1830 and 1848. We have copied a scheme about them and we have completed it with the power point.
We also have spoken about the end of the world. Yolanda Abad watched a documental on the computer about it and it said that will be on the 12th of December of the next year and it will be provoked by a particles accelerator.
At the end of the lesson, we have copied that Lord Byron was a British romantic poet. He died fighting for the independence of Greece.

Today we have learnt some words:
-Peoples: pueblos
-Flemish: flamenco
-The Craddle of civilization: cuna de la civilización.


Isabel said...

Hi Yolanda! I think you haven't any mistake.
Paqui, today I couldn't went to the class for a succes in my family. Next day I will give you a justification.
See you

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Isabel,

Yolanda Abad has told me that you were in Daimiel with your father. Remember that "success" means "éxito". I suppose you wanted to say an "incident", but I wish I´m wrong and you´ve had a real "success".

If you want, we can meet tomorrow during the breaktime. I´ll be in the classroom. I have to give the marks to the students of my group and after this I´ll be free. Come if you want.

See you tomorrow.

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello Yolanda,

Good work. There are some very small mistakes on your post. In the first sentence there is a verb you should change. Cristina explained you the differences between "remember" and "remind". Do you remember?

The other mistake is about Erasmus grants. You should write "if you go to study abroad with an Erasmus grant...". I agree with you: languages are an important of communication and they are basic to understand other cultures and meet people from different origins. The more languages you learn, the more connections you will be able to discover between the. For example, learmig Catalan of Galician is a very good basis to understand French, Italian, Romanian or Portuguese. They all come from Latin and learning one of them makes it easier to learn the others.

You could also add that the predominance of Castilian in Spain is closely related to history and so it happens in Central and South America. AS the Crown of Aragon was excluded from the Indies and as Castile was a more powerful and populated kingdom during the Middle and Modern Ages, Castilian is the predominant language in the Iberian Peninsula and the former Spanish colonies. But this could have been different.

The last thing I want to insist on is the idea of languages as the keys that open many doors. The more keys you have, the more doors you will be able to open. And don´t forget that Catalan, Galician and Basque are also official languages in Spain.

See you tomorrow.