The Politics of Drug Education
Posted by Dan Reist on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
A lot of drug education is based on what Carl Rogers calls the “jug and mug” theory of education. That is, the instructor (the jug) is seen as possessing knowledge that needs to be poured into the students (the mugs). The requisite knowledge is defined by the powers-that-be as information about drugs, particularly about the potential harms that might result from drug use. Generally, the “jug” exercises power over the “mug” through a combination of rewards (grades and career opportunities) and punishments (failure and fear). Read more
Plant the Seeds and See What Grows: Education and Culture Change
Posted by Catriona Remocker on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
When I try to explain the kind of work that I do for CARBC, I often use the analogy of being a farmer. I am the Coordinator of the Changing the Culture of Substance Use Project, a multi-year project to build a vibrant community of practice on BC’s post-secondary campuses. But my work is similar to the farmer’s; I research, prepare and plan what we should grow, examine the growing conditions, help plant the seeds and then, along with my team, I continuously encourage their growth so that we will have a fruitful harvest. Read more