The solution to poverty

The overall economic health of a country relies on the education of women, however their education relies on the presences of clean water that is easily accessible. Girls need to be able to cut out the hours they spend every day collecting water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. However, the process is a difficult one. In many villages work is being done to provide access to clean and safe drinking water, but there are still many more communities that continue to struggle. A few solutions to give communities fresh water is hand dug wells, rainwater catchments, bioSand filters, and water purification systems (Charity water). These all seem to be fairly simple procedures, and the question then becomes why has the problem not been fixed. Well, two main reasons; so many people do not have water in their communities, so to fix the problem universally is a huge undertaking. The bigger problem though is most people seem to think that if a new fancy well is placed in a village all the problems will be solved. But what happens when the well breaks and the women are forced to collect water from miles away again? The real solution is yes, give communities new technology that will make the acquisition of water easier, but also educate the community. For each community, a handful of people need to be educated on how to care for and repair the water wells or purification systems that are set up in their town. A team of individuals need to be taught how to handle the wells even when they are broken, so that the problem can be fixed quickly and the community does not slide back into its original water problems. Once water is easily able to be located within the community, young girls will have much more free time that will allow them to attend school each day. Once a girl starts attending school, she is then on the path to success and possibly breaking out of her life in poverty. Once the girl becomes a mother, she will educate her children and send them to school with the money she earns through her job. From generation to generation education will be passed down from mother to daughter, and women will begin to have a real chance at making a difference within their country. Poverty is a widespread issue that effects many nations throughout the world, but when a girl is given a chance to go to school, our world has a chance for a better future with less poverty. The first step to ending poverty is by educating the populace, and the most uneducated are women and girls. The only way girls will get a chance is by fixing the issue of water so that she can spend less time collecting water and more time learning. Poverty, education, and water are not separate issues, they are all connected to each other and only with the solution to one can the others be solved as well. Give a community water and a girl is able to go to school, give a girl an education and a country is able to begin to break the cycle of poverty. Helping to solve these issues is key and it is only through the assistance of all nations that it can happen. It may seem to be a good decision to give the money for these projects directly to the country’s government, however there is no insurance that the funds will be used for the purpose desired. Many people donate to different private organizations, but research needs to be done in order to ensure that the organization uses the money in a positive way and is actually fixing the issues long term. One organization that is fixing the issue of water in many different villages is the Charity: Water. This organization chooses the location of the project by the necessity of need, they think about the availability of spare parts and maintenance services, and they ensure that the community wants this because without participation the project will not be sustainable for long periods of time (Charity: Water). Before they start a project they assess what kind of technology should be used in the particular community. One solution does not fit all problems, some communities might need to drill a well while others might need a hand dug well. The last step is they ensure the sustainability of the technology, they work with the local government and they train mechanics so that they can repair any damage or repairs that need to be done (Charity: Water). This is just one of many organizations out there, but Charity: Water really focuses on fixing the problem for the long-term not just an easy solution. By donating money to organizations like Charity: Water, the issues of water, women’s education, and overall poverty can be solved. Help give other countries the opportunity to grow and break the cycle of poverty, because only with the help of organizations who are bringing water to communities will they be able to economically prosper. This allows for these communities to be self-sufficient and able to access water conveniently which allows the girls in that village to attend school. Organizations like Charity: Water are helping millions of people, and with every community that they give water to, they are helping end poverty for the world just a little bit. They are giving women and girls the opportunity to attend school, get a job, and change their future. Poverty does have a chance of ending, but it is only through the education of women, who will help spur economic growth for their countries. If the issue of clean water access is solved, women will have the chance to learn, and with their education change their life, their community, and the world. Only with educated women can our world truly solve the issue of poverty.

Citation:

“Charity: Water.” About Us | Charity: Water. N.p., 2014. Web. 04 Apr. 2014. <http://www.charitywater.org/about/>.

 

Issue Brief Rough Draft

About ninety countries out of the entire world report that more than twenty five percent of their population is under the poverty line. Within these ninety countries, about ten countries report that about seventy percent of the entire population lives in poverty (Nation Master). What can be done when so many of the world’s nations are battling high poverty rates? Out of these large percentages of those poverty stricken, two hundred and fifty million girls live in poverty (The Girl Effect). That means that about eighty-eight percent of girls in the world are living in a developing country (girlup).  Evidence shows that countries who do not educate their girls to the same level as boys have a lower chance of economic growth; many of these countries lose more than one billion dollars each year because they do not educate the female population (Global Partnership for Education). However there are numerous problems that are holding girls back from the chance of receiving an education, but the most prominent issue is that of water. Fixing the issue of water will help a higher percentage of young girls attend school, thus allowing for a country to have the chance to rise out of poverty. Third world countries are held back by two things, the lack of clean, available water and the large number of uneducated girls. The two issues go hand in hand, and only by solving one issue will the other be able to be solved as well.

The Poverty Issue:

Poverty is a cycle, one that many countries and their citizens are trapped in. Without proper and nutritional food, lack of medicine, and most especially education most individuals have no chance of rising out of their poverty stricken state. About eighty percent of people live on less than ten dollars a day (Shah). The biggest contributor to this high poverty rate, is the lack of education. About one billion people throughout the world are unable to read or even write their name (Shah). Without a proper educated population, no country will be able to increase their economic growth. However, in the case of education there is a huge gender inequality. Out of that one billion people who are illiterate, women and girls represent two-thirds (Global Partnership).                         In order to end poverty world-wide, women need to be given the same chances as men. Girls need to be able to receive an education, because without schooling, she will be unable to receive a job or care for her family. Education of women is the key to ending poverty and helping countries grow economically.

Obstacles to Women’s Education:

From a young age, one of the main tasks of many girls in developing countries is fetching water. A woman’s job is to manage the family and provide for them and that means providing water. In many families, the mother hands over the task of water collecting to the daughter. Girls spend on average six hours every day walking to and from water sources just so their family may have water for the day (WaterAid UK). The task is arduous and for many communities, the water source is located many miles away(WaterAid UK). Not only is the trip to water long and time consuming, but it can also be dangerous. Girls are stuck in this cycle of carrying water every day until they have their own daughters to send. These six hours spent every day collecting water, is six hours that these girls are not in school. Since water needs to be collected every day, this means many girls do not have time to attend school. Without an education, no girl can ever truly have a hope of rising out poverty and making a better life for herself. If thousands are girls are unable to attend school because they spend all day walking miles in order to collect water, then as women they are less likely to have a successful livelihood. If this many women are unable to contribute to their community positively this keeps their community in poverty and therefore the entire country suffers (WaterAid UK).  Women not having the capacity to be educated and make a career for themselves means that a country’s economy is not able to prosper and keeps the entire country  in poverty and continues the cycle of poverty and lack of water.

Benefits of Educating Women:

Educating a woman compared to a man is much more beneficial to her family and community. An educated woman is more likely to teach her children and send them school. If a woman is educated she will most likely have a job which means she can give her children better financial support and be able to send them to school. Educated women are also more likely to have less children which allows them to focus more attention on each child (UNFPA). If more women have attended school, more women will hold jobs, and with more people contributing to the economy, the economy will grow tremendously. Giving a woman an education means giving a country a higher chance of pulling their population out of poverty.

Solutions:

The overall economic health of a country relies on the education of women, however their education relies on the presences of clean water that is easily accessible. If girls are able to cut out the hours they spend every day collecting water for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. However, the process is a difficult one. In many villages work is being done to provide access to clean and safe drinking water, but there are still many more communities that continue to struggle. A few solutions to give communities fresh water is hand dug wells, rainwater catchments, bioSand filters, and water purification systems (Charity water). These all seem to be fairly simple procedure, and the question then becomes why has the problem not been fixed. Well, two main reasons; so many people do not have water in their communities so fix the problem universally is a huge undertaking. The bigger problem though is most people seem to think that if a new fancy well is placed in a village all the problems will be solved. But what happens when the well breaks and the women are forced to collect water from miles away again? The real solution is yes, give communities new technology that will make the acquisition of water easier, but also educate the community. For each community, a handful of people need to be educated on how to care for and repair the water wells or purification systems that are set up in their town. A team of individuals need to be taught how to handle the wells even when they are broken, so that the problem can be fixed quickly and the community does not slide back into its original water problems. Once water is easily able to be located within the community, young girls will much more free time that will allow them to attend school each day. Once a girl starts attending school, she is then on the path to success and possibly breaking out of her life in poverty. Once the girl becomes a mother, she will educate her children and send them to school with the money she earns through her job. From generation to generation education will be passed down from mother to daughter, and women will begin to have a real chance at making a difference within their country. Poverty is a widespread issue that effects many nations throughout the world, but when a girl is given a chance to go to school, or world has a chance for a better future with less poverty. The first step to ending poverty is by educating the populace, and the most uneducated are women and girls. The only way girls will get a chance is by fixing the issue of water so that she can spend less time collecting water and more time learning. Poverty, education, and water are not separate issues, they are all connected to each other and only with the solution to one can the others be solved as well. Give a community water and a girl is able to go to school, give a girl an education and a country is able to begin to break the cycle of poverty.

What Can YOU Do?

Helping to solve these issues is key and it is only through the assistance of all nations that it can happen. It may seem to be a good decision to give the money for these projects directly to the country’s government, however there is no insurance that the funds will be used for the purpose desired. Many people donate to different private organizations, but research needs to be done in order to ensure that the organization uses the money in a positive way and is actually fixing the issues long term. One organization that is fixing the issue of water in many different villages is the Charity: Water. This organization chooses the location of the project by the necessity of need, they think about the availability of spare parts and maintenance services, and they ensure that the community wants this because without participation the project will not be sustainable for long periods of time (Charity: Water). Before they start a project they assess what kind of technology should be used in the particular community. One solution does not fit all problems, some communities might need to drill a well while others might need a hand dug well. The last step is they ensure the sustainability of the technology, they work with the local government and they train mechanics so that they can repair any damage or repairs that need to be done (Charity: Water). This is just one of many organizations out there, but Charity: Water really focuses on fixing the problem for the long-term not just an easy solution. This allows for these communities to be self-sufficient and able to access water conveniently which allows the girls in that village to attend school. Organizations like Charity: Water are helping millions of people, and with every community that they give water to, they are helping end poverty for the world just a little bit. They are giving women and girls the opportunity to attend school, get a job, and change their future.

 

***My infographs some how disappeared but I do have them.

 

Water Wars: Climate Change and It’s Effect on International Security

Source: Flickr/DVIDSHUB

Source: Flickr/DVIDSHUB

As our natural resources become less and less abundant, the completion for these supplies will grow. In the report the Environmental Justice Foundation’s authors say that the problem of climate change will not only be a problem for the general health of our planet, but also an issue of human rights (Yeo).  One of the biggest problems in this lack of resources is the lack of water. Some countries naturally have access to more water supplies, and as rainfall decreases and water bodies dry up, the countries with larger bodies of fresh water will end up in a better place. In many cases water may become a weapon in war, and the side who has access to the most water will be the most successful (Yeo). For many

This map shows what water supplies may be like in our world in the future.

Source: http://blogs-images.forbes.com/williampentland/files/2011/03/drought_map1_h1-1.jpg

countries their boundaries are drawn on the natural boundaries of water bodies, and as this water begins to disappear the border countries will fight for control of this source. And this issue of water supplies is not only  a problem of our future, it has occurred before. When the Soviet Union fell, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan all began competing for control of the Amu Darya river basin (Yeo). There is lots of tension between these four countries over the water issue. The governments of these countries often accuse each other of extracting more water than is allowed from the river basin and Uzbekistan took control of Turkmenistan water sources because of it (Yeo). However world leaders still ignore climate change as only an “environmental” problem even when they have evidence of how the lack of natural resources effects four countries- imagine the entire world fighting over water.

“Governments and international organizations must break the confines of the current debate and act now to mitigate climate change, create effective strategies for adaptation and apply new protections for those who are already affected and who will be affected in the future,” said Steve Trent, head of the EJF (Yeo). The UN Security Council has begun to debate climate security, however China say that this council is not the correct place to discuss this because they feel that climate change has no effect of the potential security of the world (Yeo).

Source: http://sprinterlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Water-Wars-Logo.jpg

Military experts continue to state that the climate change may become a threat to national security. One report published from the Pentagon says that global warming will cause pressure on many internal governments (Yeo). This report declared that, “The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world,” it said. “These effects are threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions.” (Yeo). US Brigadier General Chris King said that climate change will be like a “100 year war”, there will be no apparent or easy solutions to the problem (Yeo). Many times we do not think about the effect natural resources and the general health of our planet has on our life, but as natural resources continue to disappear rapidly, countries will become competitive for the remaining supplies, like water, and our entire world may be plunged into world.

I don’t write any of this to scare you guys or make you upset. I just bring up this topic because I find it interesting and one we need to think about more often. Some people don’t care about the environment because it’s not “important”, but maybe once people begin to see the effect global climate change has on our security and safety they will begin to care more.

Work Citation:

Yeo, Sophie. “Climate Change Is World’s ‘gravest Security Threat’ – Report.” RTCC Climate Change Is Worlds Gravest Security Threat Report Comments. Responding to Climate Change, 27 Mar. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. <http://www.rtcc.org/2014/03/27/climate-change-is-worlds-gravest-security-threat/>.

Civic Issue-Clean Water: A Problem of Today

The problem of water worldwide is two-fold, lack of clean, safe water for millions of people in developing countries, and the overall lack of fresh water, as a resource, in our world. Though the scarcity of water is a huge problem, it also an issue of the future, so I am going to focus on the issue of clean water and the effects on developing countries this week.

Africa Needs CDC - Children in Ethiopia

Clean water not only effects the individual lives of people who are unable to attain water for consumption, sanitation, etc., lack of safe water has huge impact on countries as a whole. People need to be able to access about five to eight gallons of water everyday, for hygiene, consumption, and sanitary reasons.  also a child born into a developed country uses about thirty to fifty times more water than a child born in a developing country (World Water Crisis). Just as water is a life sustainer, water also has a negative side. Many deadly diseases are water-borne. When water is contaminated either by chemicals or parasites it becomes very dangerous to people. Problem is many people in the world do not have access to any other water sources than contaminated ones. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that malaria, diarrheal disease, and shistosomiasis as the main problems (World Water Crisis). These disease are so worrying because of the huge impact they have on the lives of many people worldwide. One statistic says that about six thousand children die everyday from diarrheal diseases (World Water Crisis). The worst part about these deaths are they can be so easily treated, or even avoided all together, if clean water was an easily accessed commodity. The lack of clean water for consumption reasons is only one problem. Because of lack of fresh water for sanitary and hygienic reasons, one million people die from malaria every year (World Water Crisis). Malaria is carried by mosquitos, and these mosquitos breed in stagnant water which is often linked to poor sanitation systems.

WHO has complied some scary statistics about water throughout the world. They say that one out of every five people do not have access to clean, safe water, that is one billion people worldwide.  They also declare that almost half of the world does not have access to sanitation (World Water Crisis). These numbers are staggering, how can our world begin to fix problems like staggering debts and debilitating wars, when one of the main issues of almost half the world is still being unable to access water? The problem is this is no easy fix, there are just too many people without clean water. If a country struggles to even give their people access to sanitation and water for consuming, how can they begin to give their people educations and better standards of living? If most of the population of a country cannot access water, how is that same country expected to be able to give their people jobs and a stable economy? Before a country can become successful and have high standard of livings, good job market, and high economy, they need to be able to fix the most basic of needs for their people, access to water.

People have been trying to fix the issue of lack of clean water for years, but the task is a difficult one because of the staggering number of people and areas that just don’t have the means to attain water. One, if not a solution at least helper, is the product called LifeStraw. Created by Vestergaard, LifeStraw is a device used to filter contaminated water. This device allows people to be able to drink water, even when it is not clean. On their website, Vestergaard describes their product as “Each product in the LifeStraw® portfolio is designed for a specific situation where safe water is needed but not readily available.” The LifeStraw uses fiber technology which allows the water to be sucked up the tube and causes the microorganisms and parasites to be caught in the fiber while the clean water passes through. The device is so great because it allows people to drink water that is dirty because the straw “self-cleans” the water and makes it safe to drink. Another benefit is the LifeStraw is relatively affordable.

Lack of clean water in developing countries is a basic problem, and one that will continue to hold these countries back. If a countries population is not healthy and cannot even access life necessities like water, they will never be able to become prosperous. The UN and WHO are working to find solutions to the lack of clean water problem, but with the large amount of people effected, it is proving to be a difficult task. LifeStraw is just one piece of technology that may be able to help with the problem for now. Will LifeStraw solve all the water problems? Absolutely not, LifeStraw still does not solve the problem of sanitation issues which effects almost half of the world’s population. LifeStraw is not the ultimate solution to the world’s clean water issues, but it’s a good place to start.

Works Consulted:

“World Water Crisis.” Medicine, Health, and Bioethics: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner and Brenda Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 346-347. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.

“LifeStraw.” Vestergaard: Impacting People. Vestergaard. 2013. 19 Feb. 2014.http://www.vestergaard.com/lifestraw-personal

Picture Citations:

http://africaneeds.org/issues-solutions/the-water-problem/

http://www.indesignlive.com/articles/sustainability/90-inspiration#axzz2toCr9TXX

Deliberation Thus Far

February 10, 2014: Intro

 

  1. Personal Stake:
    1. Ben: Prepare an individual for life

i.    ——————- Make holistic individuals

ii.    —————— Help students in “…finding a place in the world”

———————————Option 2

  1. Kaitlin: College is too expensive

i.     —————-Too much debt

ii.     —————-People cannot always pay back this debt in today’s economy

———————————Option 3

  1. Liz: Equal opportunity

i.   —————–  Difference in price of private vs. public college education

ii.    —————- People often pick majors based on how profitable a job they can receive

——————————Option 3

  1. Christina: Need to compete with global economy

i.    —————— Learn the values of working with others – globalization

——————————Option 1 and a bit of Option 2

  1. Erin: It is “not enough to just be educated”

i.     ——————Need to learn morals

ii.     —————–Learn to be a good person as part of one’s education

——————————Option 2

  1. Sean: Broaden Horizons

i.   ——————-  Define what you are passionate about in college

ii.    —————— Do so, by studying other peoples and values and setting up one’s own beliefs

—————————–Option 2

  1. Nicki: Grow as a person

i.    —————– College is much more than learning a subject

ii.     —————College is learning how to be an adult and how to establish your identity

iii.    ————– Define morals and values

—————————–Option 2

  1. Majors:
    1. Ben: College of Liberal Arts à Business
    2. Kaitlin: Criminology and Psychology
    3. Liz: Actuarial Science
    4. Christina: International Politics and Criminology
    5. Erin: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Anthropology
    6. Nicki: Materials Science and Engineering
    7. Sean: ?
  2. Topics of Discussion:
    1. What are we loosing out on with Option 2?

i.   ——————-  Loosing our technological advancements

  1. ———————–Always want things in society to be easier/ more convenient

ii.     —————–Learn about different people = increased international students

  1. ———————Makes it harder for American students to get into college

2. International countries start intensive education earlier. Should we?

i.    —————– Elementary American education is much more relaxed

ii.    —————- Accelerating education too fast too late

  1. ———————–Should stimulate interest at a young age, through specialization options
    1. Possible Steps Toward Increased Specialization without Loosing Values/ Morals:

i.     —————-Give children specialized opportunities at a young age in school

ii.     —————FLEX – language program in 3rd grade – Choose to continue or not take language throughout elementary school

    1. Global Competition – Language in Schools as a Way to Stay Globally Connected

i.     —————Give more language options

ii.   —————  Inform people of the importance of taking languages, such as Chinese

    1. Federal Government Help?

i.     ————-No standardization – every kid is different

  1. —————–Focus so much on bottom kids – top kids have nowhere to go
    1. Raise Bar for all Students as a Way to Encourage Students? Even Bottom Students?

i.  —————-Can Discourage bottom kids

ii.     ————-Need to continue to help the struggling students

iii.     ————Yet still need to allow strong students to thrive and grow

    1. Parental Responsibility to Encourage Students to Do Well?

i.   ————– More guidance for kids with encouraging parents

ii.     ————France banned HW

iii.     ———–HW prepares you for college – doing work by yourself

  1. —————–Should be a kid’s responsibility rather than the parents’
    1. Values Taught by Family

i.   ——–  Government should not be telling parents how to raise their kids

  1. ———–Against Option 2

ii.   —————  Teachers have to step up and act like a parent to kids occasionally, but they should not teach the kids all values

February 10, 2014: Intro

 

  1. Personal Stake:
    1. Ben: Prepare an individual for life

i.    ——————- Make holistic individuals

ii.    —————— Help students in “…finding a place in the world”

———————————Option 2

  1. Kaitlin: College is too expensive

i.     —————-Too much debt

ii.     —————-People cannot always pay back this debt in today’s economy

———————————Option 3

  1. Liz: Equal opportunity

i.   —————–  Difference in price of private vs. public college education

ii.    —————- People often pick majors based on how profitable a job they can receive

——————————Option 3

  1. Christina: Need to compete with global economy

i.    —————— Learn the values of working with others – globalization

——————————Option 1 and a bit of Option 2

  1. Erin: It is “not enough to just be educated”

i.     ——————Need to learn morals

ii.     —————–Learn to be a good person as part of one’s education

——————————Option 2

  1. Sean: Broaden Horizons

i.   ——————-  Define what you are passionate about in college

ii.    —————— Do so, by studying other peoples and values and setting up one’s own beliefs

—————————–Option 2

  1. Nicki: Grow as a person

i.    —————– College is much more than learning a subject

ii.     —————College is learning how to be an adult and how to establish your identity

iii.    ————– Define morals and values

—————————–Option 2

  1. Majors:
    1. Ben: College of Liberal Arts à Business
    2. Kaitlin: Criminology and Psychology
    3. Liz: Actuarial Science
    4. Christina: International Politics and Criminology
    5. Erin: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Anthropology
    6. Nicki: Materials Science and Engineering
    7. Sean: ?
  2. Topics of Discussion:
    1. What are we loosing out on with Option 2?

i.   ——————-  Loosing our technological advancements

  1. ———————–Always want things in society to be easier/ more convenient

ii.     —————–Learn about different people = increased international students

  1. ———————Makes it harder for American students to get into college

2. International countries start intensive education earlier. Should we?

i.    —————– Elementary American education is much more relaxed

ii.    —————- Accelerating education too fast too late

  1. ———————–Should stimulate interest at a young age, through specialization options
    1. Possible Steps Toward Increased Specialization without Loosing Values/ Morals:

i.     —————-Give children specialized opportunities at a young age in school

ii.     —————FLEX – language program in 3rd grade – Choose to continue or not take language throughout elementary school

    1. Global Competition – Language in Schools as a Way to Stay Globally Connected

i.     —————Give more language options

ii.   —————  Inform people of the importance of taking languages, such as Chinese

    1. Federal Government Help?

i.     ————-No standardization – every kid is different

  1. —————–Focus so much on bottom kids – top kids have nowhere to go
    1. Raise Bar for all Students as a Way to Encourage Students? Even Bottom Students?

i.  —————-Can Discourage bottom kids

ii.     ————-Need to continue to help the struggling students

iii.     ————Yet still need to allow strong students to thrive and grow

    1. Parental Responsibility to Encourage Students to Do Well?

i.   ————– More guidance for kids with encouraging parents

ii.     ————France banned HW

iii.     ———–HW prepares you for college – doing work by yourself

  1. —————–Should be a kid’s responsibility rather than the parents’
    1. Values Taught by Family

i.   ——–  Government should not be telling parents how to raise their kids

  1. ———–Against Option 2

ii.   —————  Teachers have to step up and act like a parent to kids occasionally, but they should not teach the kids all values

Personal Stake in Option Two:

 

-Nicki: Likes Option Two

-some of it has to come from families

-people should take ethics courses; things pertaining to values

 

-Liz: Higher education plays a part, but so does family

-interesting to see if it would work to incorporate courses

 

-Ben: Need ethics to use knowledge from college effectively

-Shouldn’t be trying to force ideas down students throats

 

– Christina: responsibility to instill certain values, but problems could arise because values vary for every person. Should be a foundation set of courses.

 

-Sean: Don’t know how much college could instill morals, already have morals when you go to college.

 

-Berty: Can’t relate because hasn’t taken any ethics course.

-learn certain values through teachers

 

How can we stop colleges from overstepping that boundary?

-Look at different points of views

-Already have morals set so it won’t change you that much

-Ben: Business ethics class: offer personal beliefs, but doesn’t expect students to follow them, but to challenge them.

 

Do you agree that college shapes morals or already have them?

-College helps you explore the extent you believe and helps you solidify your morals that you already have before college.

-Could help you define them more than high school

 

-Peers have a lot to do with it (small town to big city).  This could leave room to change.

-You could change morals because it is stepping away from parents.

-Being immersed in a different culture.

-Ideas that you haven’t heard before, help you redevelop your morals.

 

All students should have to study many different subjects, but that means you have to invest time and money into classes that do not relate. What are your views on this?

 

-That would be too much with the amount of classes we already have to take

-Should only have to take about two or three

-Most jobs in America can have things taught to you on the job, so employers look for personality and personal aspects. Therefore, colleges should shape people into good citizens.

-A lot of general education classes could teach you about writing well and communication, leading to good background for many majors once they are looking for jobs.

-Need outside experience: meeting different kinds of people, volunteering

-Need to experience things outside the classroom

 

How do you feel about service learning?

 

-Should not be a necessity, but a decision.

-Students should be prepared

-Won’t teach anything, students may not want to do it because they have to. Since they are being forced, they may not want to.

-Can have an environment that encourages students to do it.

-Don’t think its wrong to force colleges to do it, but students should be aware of this before applying or accepting.

-Ethics course: some values are placed higher than others

-Students can chose whether or not to believe them

 

February 14th, Option 2 Deliberation part 2:

  1. It’s the students choice to agree with the ethics and opinions offered in an ethics class
  2. Should a college put in an honor code, or are they prying into our lives?
    1. Some rules good, like dorm rules (quiet rules, etc.) good for safety
    2. Integrity rules are good-not cheating, plagiarizing
    3. Schools shouldn’t be teaching behavioral rules-may not always agree

i.      Students can’t be taught how to act or what to believe

ii.      Who are they to tell you how to handle a situation-can’t be forced

  1. Rules can’t be too strict-or else college, a place where we are supposed to discover ourselves, everyone comes  out the same

i.      Some people believe that college is like a factory and producing like-minded people

ii.      If we have similar values, then what is the point of enforcing values?

iii.      There should be diverse values

  1. Integrity-don’t agree with because they encourage more about the grade and tests rather than learning and actual education

i.      Integrity laws-allow for fairness, if you put the work in you succeed

ii.      If there are less test, people won’t want to cheat because they don’t need to strive to get that perfect grade

  1. Problem of less test-people don’t work so hard because they don’t feel encouraged to learn and master the subject
  2. Students aren’t motivated to do well unless it gives them a good grade

iii.      Honor code is a way for the university the protect themselves from the public

  1. Idealistic-most people probably don’t actually follow it
  2. Should be more collaboration

i.      Once we leave college-lots of collaboration in workplace, why not practice it now (it’s important to learn to work with others

ii.      But it’s hard because people need to show their own individual skills-someone could just be along for the ride within a group (individual and collaborative work-a nice blend of both)

iii.      Our education system reflects what our society teaches-to be competitive and about the individual-other countries people learn to work together

iv.      Group work could still bring a competitive edge-person wants to become the leader of the group (reflects our individualistic values we learn from our society)

  1. International acceptance

i.      Its fine-if they get in and they pay the college then they can come-that’s the way our country works

  1. International populace is important to society

ii.      We should all be judged on the same scale, equality with the international students

iii.      International students help the university grow and may allow for more students to be accepted in the future

Option 2 Notes

February 14th, Option 2 Deliberation part 2:

  1. It’s the students choice to agree with the ethics and opinions offered in an ethics class
  2. Should a college put in an honor code, or are they prying into our lives?
    1. Some rules good, like dorm rules (quiet rules, etc.) good for safety
    2. Integrity rules are good-not cheating, plagiarizing
    3. Schools shouldn’t be teaching behavioral rules-may not always agree

i.      Students can’t be taught how to act or what to believe

ii.      Who are they to tell you how to handle a situation-can’t be forced

  1. Rules can’t be too strict-or else college, a place where we are supposed to discover ourselves, everyone comes  out the same

i.      Some people believe that college is like a factory and producing like-minded people

ii.      If we have similar values, then what is the point of enforcing values?

iii.      There should be diverse values

  1. Integrity-don’t agree with because they encourage more about the grade and tests rather than learning and actual education

i.      Integrity laws-allow for fairness, if you put the work in you succeed

ii.      If there are less test, people won’t want to cheat because they don’t need to strive to get that perfect grade

  1. Problem of less test-people don’t work so hard because they don’t feel encouraged to learn and master the subject
  2. Students aren’t motivated to do well unless it gives them a good grade

iii.      Honor code is a way for the university the protect themselves from the public

  1. Idealistic-most people probably don’t actually follow it
  2. Should be more collaboration

i.      Once we leave college-lots of collaboration in workplace, why not practice it now (it’s important to learn to work with others

ii.      But it’s hard because people need to show their own individual skills-someone could just be along for the ride within a group (individual and collaborative work-a nice blend of both)

iii.      Our education system reflects what our society teaches-to be competitive and about the individual-other countries people learn to work together

iv.      Group work could still bring a competitive edge-person wants to become the leader of the group (reflects our individualistic values we learn from our society)

  1. International acceptance

i.      Its fine-if they get in and they pay the college then they can come-that’s the way our country works

  1. International populace is important to society

ii.      We should all be judged on the same scale, equality with the international students

iii.      International students help the university grow and may allow for more students to be accepted in the future

Higher Education

I believe that a society’s success rate is highly influenced by the higher education offered and the number of people educated at a higher level. Our society specifically views education as a competition based in numbers. What do I mean by that? People seem to believe, within our society, that people are more educated if they have the highest grades, SAT scores, GPAs, etc. But I don’t necessarily believe that, education is about the knowledge and the skills you learn, not about the scores earned on one test. A person can test really well, but once they go out into the world, they don’t know what to do. Higher education is about gaining the knowledge and skills needed in order to be successful in whichever career you pursue. If people stop worrying so much about being the “best” or “number 1”, they may actually be able to gain the actual knowledge they need in the world. Though competition may be helpful in pushing people to discover and create new things, I believe that collaboration is way more helpful. If people work together, knowledge is spread and more ideas are created. I think more disciplines should work more closely with each other. It seems like now each major is completely isolated from another, but to be well-rounded and knowledgeable, you need to know about more than just one topic or discipline.

Also education is something that every person should have a fair chance of receiving. Plenty of people can’t afford college or can only afford two years, but they shouldn’t be relegated to a lower paying job because of their financial standing. Many jobs really don’t require four years at an educational institution, many require actual experience in the field or training. I firmly believe that education is very important to our society, but college isn’t the only way of gaining knowledge. Some careers the greatest knowledge you can gain is not in a textbook or college classroom, but in that actual field. Higher education is a very tricky topic because knowledge can be defined as so many different things, so therefore there is no one way of acquiring it. People also learn in different ways so one way of education is not acceptable for everyone.

Civic Issue:Water: The Sustainer of Life

Water. A pretty basic, as well as fundamental part of our life; a component we don’t give a second thought or glance to. But this can not be said for all of the world, actually for large parts of the world, water is their biggest problem. Water. The thing that we can access very easily, every moment of every day with just the flip of a faucet. The flip of a faucet and life sustaining, clean water comes pouring out. How fortunate are we to never know the difficulties and  trouble water, or the acquisition of water, can bring to every day life.

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About seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, but only about two point five percent of that water is fresh, and about two thirds of the fresh water on Earth is frozen in the form of glaciers. The average adult’s body is made up of about fifty to sixty five percent of water. Water seems to be a common thing on our planet, about as common as a hair is on the human body, however, in reality, water is a scarce commodity. That’s right, a commodity. Water is something that is useful and valued by all beings on our planet, whether plant, animal, or human. Water is a basic necessity of life, and without it, life as we know it on our planet would cease to exist. And water is not only useful for drinking, water literally allows us to run the world and live life the way that we do. That two point five percent of fresh water has to be distributed not only to all living beings for consumption, but water is also used for agriculture, cooking, sanitation, and industry. So, basically, without water our world is nothing. For people like us it is hard to imagine our lives without water, it seems near impossible to grasp how precious water is, but water is our world’s most important resource and it is not limitless like some people seem to assume. Most people assume our most precious resource is oil or natural gas, but in reality it is water, the natural sustainer of all life. And one day, if we continue to act the way we do, large resources of fresh water may be a thing of the past, a picture in a history text book.

As the world population continues to increase every year the strain on our water supplies is growing. For many people, water is already beginning to run out in places such as the Middles East, large sections of China and India, and North Africa. In most of the areas experiencing scarcity in water supplies, can be found some of the world’s largest populations. The planet we live on can not seem to keep up with our mass producing of people and large populations. The United Nations, or the UN, has declared a water supply crisis and has even made some terrifying and shocking predictions. The UN predicts that by 2025, two thirds of the entire population will experience “stress conditions” because of the lack of water; and one point eight billion people could face severe deficiencies in water supplies. And these shocking numbers do not seem far off; in a study run by the UN  in 2000, three billion had no access to sanitation (which requires water), one billion people could not access clean and safe drinking water, and close to five thousand children die every day worldwide from preventable waterborne diseases. And without water to drink or sanitize other problems arise. Lack of water means that our world’s food supplies could be in serious danger.

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As our water supplies are becoming increasingly more and more endangered, scientists are also worried about the effect global climate change will have on our already sparse water sources. Scientists at the Africa Earth Observatory Network found that the areas of the world that are experiencing the largest strains in their water supplies will probably see a reduction in rainfall in the coming years. Through their studies they have concluded that what seems as a small reduction in rainfall can have huge effect on the Earth’s surface water sources. In some parts of Africa, if the rainfall decreases even by ten percent, the water supplies in that area will be cut in half.

Water seems like a common thing, something that will always be here, but scientists are increasingly learning that our fresh water sources may be in jeopardy. Water is an issue already, causing millions of people to die, but with the spike in the world’s population and the threat of global climate change looming, water is becoming an even bigger issue then ever imagined.

Citation:

“Water: Two Billion People Are Dying for It.” Human and Civil Rights: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and K. Lee Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006. 235-237. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

Picture Citations:

http://www.rainharvest.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/water-scarcity.jpg

http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/images/scarcity/2013_06_08_water_scarcity.png

Passion and Civic Issue Topics

For my passion blog I am going to write about my bucket list, and explore different places and things I want to do. For my Civic Issue Blog I am going to write about the issue of water, especially clean water in third world countries and how important water is to our everyday life and how it needs to be protected.

I believe that the unknown is Beautiful

(Anything is parentheses means I don’t know if I am including it)

I am lolled by the gentle rocking of the waves, the effect is calming, or at least, should be calming. But my heart is beating wildly, I can barely catch my breath, and my thoughts are swirling in my head as if caught in a hurricane of worries. My biggest fear for as long as I can remember is the unknown. The unseeable, the unknowable, the things beyond my comprehension and knowledge. The boogie man and monsters have never sent shivers down my spine, but rather the thought of the unknown. What will tomorrow bring? What does my future hold? And in that moment, preparing myself for my first SCUBA dive, I tried to prepare myself for what was to come. I craned my head over the side of the boat trying to catch a glimpse of the world hidden by the deceptively calm waves. I want to know what is to come, I NEED to know what to expect. And in that moment I don’t see the answers to all my fear driven questions, the only thing I see, is me, reflected on the cool blue waters of Panama. And right then, my heart slowed, to a slow, steady beat, I took a deep breathe, and my head was suddenly filled with erupt silence. Silence because I knew I would never be able to anticipate, I would never know the future, I would always be wondering what could happen, but these thoughts were no longer synonymous with fear. I took a breath and dove, into the waters and straight into the heart of my fears, and in that moment, I swear, I was fearless.

Beneath those waves I discovered a world filled with vibrant life and wonder. Seaweed seemed to sway in the breeze of the current, fish appeared to float mid-air, and each of those brightly colored fish opened my eyes to new possibilities. That’s when I took my first breath, when I realized that no fear would ever hold me back, because with that breath all of my fears dissolved and were replaced by the excitement of the new world I had yet to explore. (With that dive, I changed, and I learned that life is just like SCUBA diving, it’s a dive into an unknown world and you never know what is lying beneath each wave, unless you dive in and discover for yourself, because sometimes that’s when you discover yourself. ) On that dive, I came to believe, to believe that the unexpected, the moments never seen coming, is far more beautiful than the expected.

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