Day 1146: Podcast Recommendation - My Perfect Country

So there are a few things on my mind. I want to write something called I am Zero, and I think it'll be a song. I'll try and figure that out. I also want to share my opinions on intelligence, but I'm not sure how it'll go. 

In summary of it though I feel like intelligence is kind of irrelevant in the modern age, and that it is sort of a fallacy. Hard work and proper education should really be emphasised to overcome this.  Listening to a podcast which talked about Shanghais maths mastery, and how they don't segregate the classes based on ability, and work at the pace of the slowest in the group really helps ensure there is total understanding. I found listening to that podcast fascinating. 

Actually, let's talk about that podcast today. 

The podcast in question is from the BBC world service, and it's called My Perfect Country. It is a subset of shows called Compass and I really enjoyed this one in particular because of how it approaches building a perfect country and has a look at policies from around the world to see what works, and what doesn't. 

Shanghai maths mastery was allowed into the perfect country with a few caveats. The culture around parenting and pushing your child outside of school to keep studying among other things were looked at, and seen as detrimental. Other things that were looked at were the Women's Rights in Tunisia, which was problematic, mainly because their laws are still archaic and need updating to fall within line of other modern nations, which holds back a lot of the progress that they've made. They looked at gun control and cited Japans national stance on it as a model to follow, while not perfect, was what was viewed as the best available, while there were calls within the show to consider Iceland's (I think) gun control policies. 

The show itself is hosted by well-educated people and as it's part of the world service, they have links all around the world to try and find people with views on both sides in the country in question any given week. I found it all together a very satisfying listen, and cannot wait for more to be produced. 

If you're interested in global positions on certain subjects I highly recommend checking it out as I learned a lot from it. 

Have an excellent day! You're all my favourites! 

Peace -x-