What would you put in the Museum of Curiosity?
The Museum Of Curiosity
The Museum of Curiosity is a wonderful Radio 4 programme that invites guests to make suggestions for items- real or abstract- that they would like to be saved for all eternity into the Museum so that successive generations can ‘view’ them.
As part of their module of work on philosophy in English lessons 8L have been pondering what they would include in this imaginary museum. Below are two examples of their work:
‘In the museum of curiosity, I would put in a system where every adult gets paid for the amount of effort they put in to their job every month. For example, footballers, who earn ridiculous amounts of money every week, would get what they deserve; whereas soldiers and doctors, doing fantastic work for their country, for their patients, would earn much more money than all these sportsmen.
This idea is not to say that sportsmen automatically get less money. People like David Beckham, who was not extremely naturally gifted at his sport, but put in more work than any other players in his team and stayed behind every training session to work towards the position he earned himself, would get what he deserved.
This idea should be put in the museum of curiosity because it is simply not fair for hard working adults who devote so much time and effort for their job to be earning next to nothing compared to these international superstars who might just be famous for being famous. This is just one example of many unsung heroes not earning enough money as they deserve.
My idea would change the world for the better, I am sure of it.’ (Adam)
‘In the museum of curiosity, I would put a society where depending on the type of job you have, you get a different type of free experience that lasts one week. For example, a footballer would have to work as a miner. They would have to slave away mining the materials such as gold that they have inside their watches. In contrast, the miners could live in the world of luxury that the footballers have to see where all their hard work goes.
This would help people have more empathy and could change their perspective on different people. Next time a footballer drives past a mine on their way to a match, they will feel what they are feeling. It will bring society together as people will know what it is like to live in another person’s shoes.
It will also lower stress levels as people can get a free holiday. You might say that seeing what you could have might make you hate your job even more than you did, but they would enjoy the time so much, that perhaps you would forget about the difficulties of your own life for a while. This idea needs to be spread. It could change the world.’ (Jodi)