Is the War on Drugs the same as Prohibition?

The Prohibition of Alcohol

Prohibition is a well-known period in the history of the US. The production and sale of alcohol was banned in the US in 1920, with the obvious desired result of reducing drinking. Of course, as we all know, people didn’t stop drinking during prohibition. It’s true that the total amount of alcohol consumed was reduced, but one of the main side effects was that organized crime increased greatly, as criminals took over as suppliers of alcohol. When the Prohibition law was repealed in 1933, two of the main arguments of those who opposed Prohibition was that legalizing alcohol would increase tax revenue collected by the government and reduce the power of organized crime.

The Prohibition of Drugs?

Is the prohibition of alcohol similar to the laws that outlaw drugs today? Some people say that the effects are similar. Do you think that making drugs legal would reduce the amount of crime connected with drugs and allow the government to tax and regulate sales? Watch the video above, and leave a comment telling us what you think – do you agree with the arguments for legalizing drugs? Why or why not?

Steve Jobs’ Commence Address

Steve Jobs’ Commence Address

Unit 18 of the Advanced/Proficiency Online Course presented a brief interview with Steve Jobs. In that interview, he discussed the approach to leadership and team-building at Apple Computer.

The video above contains another talk by Jobs, this time a well-known speech delivered at a graduation ceremony for Stanford University in 2005. There’s not much need for comment from me – the video speaks for itself. Take a few minutes to watch the address, and leave a comment telling us what particular extracts you found to be most inspiring or relevant to your life.

If you would like to read the text of the speech, follow this link: Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address.

Tiger Mothers

The Tiger Mother Stereotype?

The online lesson for the Advanced/Proficiency unit called “Family Matters” introduced the controversial best-selling book ‘The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’, in which the author outlined her strict views on parenting. Some of the things the author, a Chinese-American, didn’t allow her children to do were:

• have a playdate
• be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• not be the #1 student in every subject except gym and drama

The so-called ‘Tiger Mother’ stated that this strict approach to parenting prepared children to succeed in later life.

The video above presents a different view of parenting, presented by two current parents of young children. The women are also Americans of Chinese descent, who discuss whether the traditional view of Chinese parents as being extremely strict and demanding is still valid today.

Watch the video above and then comment, letting us know your response to the views given by the mothers in the video. Do you tend to have more sympathy with the parenting approach the mothers in the video describe, or with the more traditional ‘Tiger Mother’ approach discussed in the online lesson?