The Fitness Dictatorship
Lifestyle / Society / Sports

The Fitness Dictatorship

Along with a balanced diet, physical exercise is one of the secrets to a long and healthy life. But strenuous, compulsive exercise can be just as detrimental to health as chugging ice cream in front of the TV set. In fact, more and more people are using exercise as a way to feel like they are in control over their bodies and lives, instead of just a means of staying in shape. Continue reading

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Secularism in French Schools
Politics / Religion / Society

Secularism in French Schools

The concept of laïcité is an ideological pillar of the French école de la République (“school of the Republic”), founded by Jules Ferry. It involves a strict separation between religion (confined to the private sphere) and the public sphere. By implying that school is not the preferable forum for discussing the comparative value or inherent relevance of various religions, laïcité willingly ignores the importance of religious belief in individual identity. Continue reading