Inclusion and gender

The students of The Summer Youth University were taking the summer semester during very interesting days; the LGBT community was protesting – demanding equal surrogacy rights for gay men. Tens of thousands of men and women came to Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to protest and back the community – and the issue became prominent in Israeli society.  The young students felt the need to talk about inclusion.

The main themes of the discussion:

Questions:

What will the future look like, from social and the technological perspective?
How will we experience the gender and inclusion problem in our future?
How will our ideas solve this problem in the future?

Things to think about:

 

Raising awareness by using TV and internet series and content.
Campaign that must “conquer the hearts of the people”
Education and inclusion
Why are we being indoctrinated to use stereotypes from an early age?
Mass media representation
Surrogacy rights – what is the meaning and why does it matter
Breaking the social stigmas

Why are certain names fitting only to one gender

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The refugees problem and the future

The students of Tel Aviv Summer University took a tour to the south of Tel Aviv city – where a lot of disadvantaged communities live. They learned about problems of the refugee’, the newcomers to the neighborhood, and of the host population.

Using the future wheel method, which they have practiced while being led by Dr. Tal Soffer, head of the unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, they tried to understand what would be the expression of the problem in the future.

The discussion started with the understanding that developments in transportation have led to a situation in which migration is sometimes easier, and the developments in communications and consumerism have led to raising awareness among populations to the gap between them and the developed countries. All of these are increasing the desire to emigrate. Then, they wrote the headline “Refugees – The Young Generation”, and the arrows from the headline point to the words “Poverty”, “Connection to Israelis”, “Crime”, “Overcrowding”, “Employment” and “Education”. The word “Overcrowding” was associated with the word “Higher Education” (in the context of innovative housing solutions) and the word “Employment” was linked to the words “Robots” and “Unemployment”.

Then, they figured out that the solution is education, so they had written the word “Education” and the arrows pointed to the words: “Budget,” “Socialization”, “Language”, “Computer Science”, “Motivation”, “Exact sciences”. They also examined various aspects of the question of socialization.

 

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Segregation versus understanding

Like some of their colleagues, the members of this team (young high school students, who came to Tel Aviv university in order to take the summer semester), also chose to deal with the idea of “The 4 Israeli tribes” – the four main cultural groups that Israel is disintegrating into: the ultra-Orthodox Jews, the national religious Jewish sector, the Arab sector and the secular Jewish sector. The young students came from different sectors, from cities and villages in the social and geographic periphery of Israel.

Trying to find a way to deliver the message that “we are different but we are also the same”, the students wanted to figure out what are the various implications of this issue, nowadays and in the future.

They have used a future wheel to analyze the different aspects of the segregation between Arabs and Jews.

The future wheel of the group expresses their will to focus on education, thus you can see that they wrote “The 4 Israeli Tribes” and the word was connecting the phrase to “education”. Then, they wrote the branches: Different agenda, teachers, awareness, language, knowledge about the other’s culture, and segregation.

They also wrote their initial idea about creating an app that is aiming to encourage informal meetings between sectors, based on common interests.

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The socio-economic gap

On their educational tour from the poverty of south Tel Aviv to the high-tech and the most developed and rich part of the city, the students of the Tel Aviv Youth University – a project which enables periphery high-school students to have an academical semester in the university – decided to deal with the social-economic gap.

**In the picture: Tel Aviv, bottom-up, rags to riches: the building of Facebook Israel, as caught from street level by the camera of one young guide during the tour**

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The socio-economic gap

On their educational tour from the poverty of south Tel Aviv to the high-tech and the most developed and rich part of the city, the students of the Tel Aviv Youth University – a project which enables periphery high-school students to have an academical semester in the university – decided to deal with the social-economic gap.

**In the picture: Tel Aviv, bottom-up, rags to riches: the building of Facebook Israel, as caught from street level by the camera of one young guide during the tour**

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A special presentation of the WYRED project

A major milestone for The Tel Aviv Summer University  program was achieved as the young students presented their projects in their graduation ceremony.
The program was led by Dr. Tal Soffer, head of The unit for technology and society foresight (TSF) at Tel Aviv University, and the Youth Summer University’s staff. The students were exposed to various issues related to the digital society in the present and in the future, focusing on the Israeli society. It was done through various tours in relevant places and lectures about different subjects. Following that, the students were asked to identify a problem that would be important in the year 2030, to explore it, analyze, and propose creative solutions that will engage with large audiences and reach the decision makers. The work was done in teams where the students could express their opinion in a moderated dialog.

During the graduation ceremony the WYRED project was presented, and the students showcased their projects to a wide audience including (no : necessary) senior representatives from  the Israeli Ministry of Education, researchers from Tel Aviv University, visitors from the third sector, educators and the families of the participants. 
You can have a small glimpse of two scenes video clip from one of the team projects, which deals with the refugees issue:

(Shown in the picture above : The young students are standing in front of a slide that says “Thank you” in a special font that combines letters in Hebrew and Arabic).

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School as it is.

At its birthplace

We have to face
the problem that this place where we struggle
does not need to be chased nor erased
just changed.
We have to face the fact that everything changes
with time
even though it’s not a crime, our system
we climb, has not.
And how do you want to make a change in
the world, in the future when the base
is still at its birthplace.

 

Where is Education
an unhealthy station is what I see
through sleepless nights and starving through days
to nourish ourselves with masses of textbooks instead
hydrate with information, no water
so tomorrow I can put pen down it all
and throw it all out once again
now we can have a meltdown.
Pay attention around because that
is an illness that needs to be cured.

 

And no,
we are not unfocused
this all is just unspoken, look at the bigger picture
can’t you see it’s broken?

 

Game over or Time out?

our worth, defined by grades
behind all the shades, can’t you see we have
to perform well every day
yet under all the uniform, can’t you see we are bleeding
regardless of it all
yes, I will bring high performances daily
I’ll try
but trying is not enough
when really what for?

Get my A levels and forget about the information
I was fed for so many years
because after all these dropped tears and anxiety attacks
we finally did it, didn’t we?
But what actually?
surviving and living anxiously for several years
questioning our intelligence brutally due grading system
binge learning and forgotten answers.
Yes, yes, we did it.

this play act need to drop
it is a fact.
Like we are in some sort of game
trying to escape
while desperately reaching for the top.

Game over or Time out?

Face this case

                                                

Hope you see clearly now
a change, is more than needed

Hope you see clearly now
There needs to be more than just a degree
and some wannabee teacher
no more go to Yale or go to jail.
 

Hope you see clearly now
In this case “less is more”
should truly define this place we call school

May we can all exchange our knowledge
and deepest experiences
And may we can learn from that more than
written textbooks

May we travel and learn more on airplanes
than classrooms
learn more on our way to a destination
than our way to graduation
My we travel and learn from eager successful people
more than from science teachers.

May we share our favourite books and
sink and find ourselves in them
May we find peace in learning
because learning is great, why do we make it hard?
Because learning is important, and School is not.

 

Objectives: 
Reflection on the educational system in form of a poem

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What’s wrong with the education system

The project is carried out by High School students from “Hof HaSharon” regional high school in Israel. This group is called “Shfayim Community” in the WYRED platform

Number of participants: 14.  Age: 17
Project and topics discussed: What’s wrong with the education system and how it can be improved.

Summary of discussions:

The problem: What’s wrong with the education system in Israel – “vomiting the learned material”

During several meetings, discussions developed regarding the shortcomings of the education system in Israel as perceived by the participants. The discussion focused specifically on the difficulties that arise from the conduct of the current education system, which, in our opinion, makes our learning very difficult and hampers our ability to reach high level achievements. Highlights are listed below:

In the discussions we have reached the understanding that the current situation is very burdensome and does not allow us to maintain an efficient lifestyle that includes participation in additional frameworks other than the school.
We feel that the education system does not really see us as students, as individuals. Our feeling is that we are wasting our time memorizing material that will not help us in future. 
During the exams period, the students are under a heavy pressure. The teachers don’t consider us and our difficulties in this period, and give us a lot of homework. This doesn’t help to alleviate the pressure. 
We feel frustrated in particular because every teacher is sure the she is the only teacher, and gives a lot of homework without considering the assignments we get from other teachers.
All these  – assignments, homework, exams  – cause us to fail; Instead of helping us, the teachers only increase the burden, and they don’t understand that we have life outside of school.
At the end of the day, we feel frustrated from the school system, because the way it works today really makes our life difficult.
We want the school to pay more attention to values and less to grades. We want more meaningful learning, so that we learn necessary life skills, rather than memorizing the material.
Our desire is to change the teaching method, to apply the learned material in a useful way, and that the system find a better way to appreciate the student, besides exams.
 

Specific expectations from decision-makers:

Listening to young persons and understand them in order to alleviate the burden that students experience. They should come not just to hear us but also to really listen.
Changing the education approach and the curriculum. Reducing the workload and more consideration of students’ private lives.
To open the possibility for students to choose the topics of learning, namely allowing them to choose the subjects of study in a broader manner.
Reduce the number of compulsory subjects.
Changing the reform done in the high school curriculum, returning the start of matriculation exams to 10-th grade, and distributing the exams over the three years in high school.
The implementation of so-called “meaningful learning” in a clearer and broader sense.
To stop causing the students to just “throw up” the learned material, with an emphasis on changing the teacher-student relationship.
Especially to emphasize the significant reduction of pressure on high school students and the expansion of their activity possibilities after the school hours.

 

Planned artefact: Graffiti

We decided to present our frustration from the education system through a graffiti on the school wall. The aim is to arouse attention and awareness of the stressful situation that we experience as 11-th graders.

Proposed design of the Graffiti:

An image of a “hypnotized” person whose brain explodes due to extensive learning. To this image, we will add a statement that will express our frustration and feelings towards the Israeli education system.

 

Objectives: 
To discuss the problem/shortcomings of the education system in Israel, from the perspective of high school students.

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Un solo planeta

Autores: Christian Castañeda Noguera, Jordi Resende Moura
Este cortometraje muestra algunos de los problemas fundamentales de nuestro planeta como consecuencia de la sobreexplotación, las guerras, la globalización, etc.
Objectives: 
Reflexionar sobre los problemas fundamentales que afectan a nuestro planeta

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La vida de Timmy

Autores: Ricardo Pastor Pérez, Julio Gaspar Pro Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Velasco Sánchez
Este documental de ficción aborda la dificultad del protagonista, Timmy, para construir su propia identidad invididual, a través de su lucha por identificar su vocación y superar el acoso de otros compañeros gracias al apoyo de su grupo de amigos.
Objectives: 
Reflexionar sobre las dificultades de los jóvenes para construir su propia identidad y su vocación individual

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