Thursday, 11 February 2010

The last thing on my mind

As I approach the final stretch of my first year of Open University study, and I have signed up for my second year (Exploring Psychology), I have been thinking about where I want to go from there.  During the second year I need to decide on which direction I want to go:  straight Psychology, or with Criminology, or Sociology?   I dabbled with the idea of Philosophy but quickly dropped that after reading a 'quick guide' to the subject - it's all just too deep for me!

Recently I have been thinking, somewhat ironically as it would seem to those who know me, that I want to work with children... not in the normal 'working with children' way but in a way that might help those with difficult backgrounds and help prevent them turning to crime.   My criminology course last year was fascinating, and I read a lot about criminial children and youth; the recent newspaper articles about the two boys who tortured two others made me angry with their parents and I wanted to help those two boys, not 'lock them up and throw away the key'. 

As I said to himself this morning, studying criminology and then working with adults seems to be rather like 'shutting the door after the horse has bolted' - surely better to work on the future generations?

3 comments:

  1. Makes sense. Must be harrowing though. I think Sophie's friend Sarah says that a child's character/temperament/way of dealing with stuff is fixed before 3 years old. I find that too hopeless but would be fascinated to know what the theories are.

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  2. That sounds rather defeatist...

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  3. More to do with the huge importance of early years I think. And how little attention is paid to them.

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