Propositional Logic

I’ve been thinking about starting an ongoing project so I’ve gone ahead and compiled some notes for section 1.1 of the discrete mathematics book I am re-reading (and re-working) through. I didn’t do all that great in my two attempts at this course, so, perhaps as punishment (but mostly because I really really think this subject is cool) I am going to go section by section according to my last syllabus and try to learn all I can about this discrete mathematics business (but, ssh, don’t go telling anyone). The …

Class & Education: Shattering the Meritocratic Illusion of Education

Due to the neoliberal individualistic discourse in which most Canadians are surrounded by, it seems almost natural for most people nowadays to view education as the vehicle to social mobility. Evidence surprisingly shows that this is relatively rare. Instead, at its very core, the Western education system is an engine of class reproduction (Ravelli & Webber, 2010). The scope of this paper is to explore the ways in which ascribed socioeconomic class affects the educational endeavours of individuals. By examining the lives of students from two polar extremes: working-class and …

The Benefits of Dearth: Appreciation Through Inadequacy

While most individuals have a specific object, activity or person they can point to, it is my staunchly held belief that it was what I did not possess or experience that inevitably guided the formation of my character. The poverty my family was entrenched in for the majority of my life—after we had become refugees from civil war and rebellion in Uzbekistan—was the guiding factor in how I would lead my life. As a child, I was like most ordinary children: wide eyed, inquisitive, and ever-so-trusting in the goodness of …