In the 19th century, alot of people could not read or write, diseases such as Cholera and smallpox were common, then came the great reformers and their reforms. The Men and Women who had a social caring feeling for their community and society. Some were rich and used their wealth to benefit their employers for example Salt in Yorkshire, and even before that Robert Owen, and some were fighters of rights and knew only too well the problems of the poor.
In time though the problems were great and the individuals who saw only the worthy and the unworthy, yet made millions often won the battle and the health of the many nor the education were encouraged, the reformers made headway and parliament passed legislation to establish methods whereby the many would be educated and disease did not walk the streets where once only the rubbish of a town would exist to infect and cause illness.
A society developed which cared for citizens, in sickness and health and helped them to grow and develop.Mothers were given free vitamins and minerals when expecting, and at school milk was free to help growth and development. It seemed to be accepted that a good meal and healthy food helped develop the growing brain and prevent infection.
Saw some photographs of old milk churns, the other day and read of the way milk was delivered at schools in the 1950’s in England, when reading about history being taught in the national curriculum. wondered who knew of the history of the development of the society from the 19th century and would it be considered. After all such knowledge tells us where we have been, how we got to where we are now and How we will get to where we will go in the future. But I have heard alot of people say why bother about learning this, it is writing reading and arithmetic that matter – the three R’s. That’s also in Dicken’s too.

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This is the time of year to sit and read or watch

Dickens, snow on the waycold frosty mornings

lights everywhere giving a feastive glow.

Dickens wrote of poverty and death mostly.

Disaster and hope often, the ghosts of past

present and future.  Many expets in these things

say that all stories are based on afew basic plots.

An idea which includes the words of Shakespeare,

in its breathe.  Writers  often had to hide their own

opinions in the stories they wrote for fear of many

things and to encourage ideas in others which might

bring change for the better.  So in fact one could

say that all stories are recycled to some extent.

This of course depends on everyone being of the same

mind.  Thinking in the mainstream way, having no

comment which might be usual.  A collective view of

the world.,belonging to a group a team a class.

So what is an individual, what makes an individual

nature or nuture, the influences of media, family,

or education?

People like Chromsky, Bruner and Vygotsky indicate

that it is with language that we become who we are.

It is what we hear and who we speak to that we learn

the basics of humanity.  Words develop the mind, and

the personality.  One can even tell who we have been

speaking to by the words the phrases that are used.

Like Professor Higggins the expert from ‘My Fair

Lady’, people decide on who we are from the voice.

An accent can be a valueable thing, and rarely hidden.

It is a classification of an individual.  It gives hope,

creates dreams, provides companionship, when from

a small box in the corner, one can listen to a tale of

mystery and imagination.

A community needs a voice to give it hope, and

speak out for warmth and comfort in the darkness

of the winter months.  A study of the aspects of the

use of words and voices might be a useful commodity

for those planning the future.