Question It!

Researching Reform

Welcome to another week.

As the government gets set to build a working model around best practice in social work, the question being asked by the Department Fo Education now, is what does best practice look like?

So our question this week, is just that: what examples of best practice would you like to see implemented nationwide?


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Please pray for a brother who’s lost

Fellowship of the Minds

My heart is heavy because a reader of FOTM has lost his way, and I need your help.

K. and I have been in email correspondence for several years — a correspondence that he initiated. He sends me jokes and news tips, and is supportive and complimentary of FOTM.

In his youth, he went to Bible college but did not become a minister. He became an expert mechanic who specializes in British autos.

He is long divorced, has grown children, is emotionally needy, and often complains of being lonely.

Three days ago, he startled me when, out of the blue (we weren’t discussing Christianity or any religion), he declared that he no longer believes but thinks Christianity to be illogical, irrational, bogus, deceptive, and oppressive.

I wrote back, that I am sorry for him that he’s lost his faith, and that I will pray for him.

He responded with…

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This is Chiraq: A start to their weekend includes 11 shot, 4 killed on Friday

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From MyFoxChicago: CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) – Four people were killed, and another seven were wounded, in gun violence Friday across Chicago, including a 65-year-old man who was found shot to death in the South Shore neighborhood.

About 11:30 p.m., officers found 65-year-old Earnest Wilson lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his face in the 7100 block of South Euclid Avenue, Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Wilson lived in the same block as the shooting.

Earlier in the evening, two people were killed in a Back of the Yards shooting. The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of South May. Erica Frazier, 47, and a 51-year-old man were both struck in their torsos and died at University of Chicago Hospital, officials said. Frazier lived in the same block as the shooting…

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Farm photography: Flying green mealies!

Africa far and wide

I woke up early this morning to capture ‘Green Mealies’ (maize) being harvested and loaded onto trucks, bound for the Durban market! Green mielies are a firm favourite for South Africans. Here in KwaZulu-Natal, at many road intersections, you’ll see great big cast iron pots bubbling away on a wood fire, filled to the brim with green mealies – the perfect meal when on the road, cheap as chips and a healthy alternative to a greasy takeaway!

I’ve been busy building up my Farm Documentary portfolio for my photographic website which will be live very soon! Building a website, or more so, building a photographic portfolio with my direction in mind, is a monumental task and has been the very reason that my Africa far and wide blog has been ghostly quiet! I’ll be back soon though, in full swing! Though I’ve missed spending time on my blog and have…

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Gender Attitude Survey, NZ Reveals A New Crisis

The Male Factor

A recent survey in New Zealand has revealed a shocking fact about New Zealand. 4% of New Zealand citizens do not know what a ‘heterosexual’ person is compared to 1% each who did not know about ‘Gay men’, ‘Lesbian Women’ and about 2% did not know about ‘Bisexual’ persons.

A 2017 Gender Attitude Survey in New Zealand conducted by Gender Equal NZ tried to capture the pockets of ‘gender inequality’ in NZ and published a report in early 2018. The report found some New Zealanders believing in the gendered division of labor and attitude which according to the researchers were sexist and greatest hindrance to New Zealand’s growth.

The Gender Attitude survey was conducted in 2017, in 15 different categories, viz.

  1. Gender roles in the home
  2. Gender roles in education
  3. Gender roles in the workplace
  4. New Zealand society and gender
  5. Attitudes towards gender
  6. Attitudes towards gender for girls and boys

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(MANCHESTER, U.K.) Tense stand-off in city centre as Stand up to Racism campaigners confront Football Lads Alliance protest Both United Against Fascism and Manchester Stands up to Racism are understood to have staged counter protests on Saturday #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – May.20: Shoppers and families looked on as hundreds of protesters and counter-demonstrators flooded into the city-centre streets Saturday:The Football Lads Alliance had a tense stand-off with Stand up to Racism supporters at Castlefield Bowl on Saturday afternoon #AceNewsDesk reports

FLA supporters gesture at counter-protesting Stand Up to Racism supportersFLA supporters gesture at counter-protesting Stand Up to Racism supporters (Image: Joel Goodman)A counter protest by Stand Up to Racism at Castlefield Bowl as the Football Lads Alliance demonstrate in ManchesterA counter protest by Stand Up to Racism at Castlefield Bowl as the Football Lads Alliance demonstrate in Manchester (Image: Joel Goodman)

Both United Against Fascism and Manchester Stands up to Racism are understood to have staged counter protests in response to a planned demonstration by the FLA…….Police in high-visibility jackets lined the streets around Castlefield Bowl, with officers from GMP’s Mounted Unit also on hand……..Asst Chief Con Vanessa Jardine described the operation afterwards as ‘having gone really well’.

Counter-protesters march through Manchester City CentreCounter-protesters march through Manchester City Centre (Image: Joel Goodman)

FLA supporters began gathering at around 11am, with…

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When you have no clue about firearms: USA Today writes about “less lethal” weapons used in Santa Fe shooting

Fellowship of the Minds

usa today Firearm experts at USA Today…

After the Santa Fe shooting on Friday since it was discovered that the shooter didn’t use an AR-15, USA Todaytweeted the following:

Two details set the Santa Fe shooting apart from other recent deadly attacks: explosives and the use of less-lethal weapons.”

Ten people dead from a .38 revolver and a shotgun. How’s that “less lethal” narrative working for you, USA Today?

Why couldn’t USA Today write about the MULTIPLE ILLEGAL ACTS committed during this shooting with “less lethal” weapons:

  • The shooter committed murder, which is illegal.
  • At 17, the shooter was not allowed to purchase the guns and stole them from his father, which is illegal.
  • The shooter carried guns and ammunition at the school, which is illegal.
  • The shooter was not eligible for a “License to Carry(conceal carry in Texas) and hid his guns,

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