Jeff Nikaido

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Jeff Nikaido
Posted over 2 years ago
"Why Can't We Solve Big Problems?"
I agree with your idea to re-focus the question. I also believe that the term "solve" can also be misleading. As others have asserted once a "problem is solved" then another one will take its place. It is an unending cycle to continually "solve" problems. Rather taking steps in the name of progress and expanding knowledge have no definitive "end", so there is not the disappointment/frustration that can come with a solution-based strategy.
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Jeff Nikaido
Posted over 2 years ago
Human rights and philosophy should be taught in school!
Hello all! I have enjoyed reading all of your thoughts and ideas. I recently attended a "Day of Remembrance" event - forum to remember and discuss the American Internment of the Japanese during WWII. Luckily, 5 Japanese Americans that were interned spoke as part of a panel discussion. Several of them spoke about the excellent education that they received while in the camps, and one went into detail about the discussion forums that were held in one class. He vividly recounted 2 discussions, one about the Constitutionality of Internment and the Morality of Stealing - many of the internees "borrowed" lumber from the general area to make furniture for the barracks they lived in - chairs, tables, dressers, etc. Moral/ethical debates are the foundation to greater understanding and learning since they can be applied to topics that directly effect students. In one of the classes that I took in High School (10th Grade) we had weekly debates where a topic would be presented and students would sit on sides of the classroom to reflect their opinions. Then students were able to debate their stances, and students were also able to "switch" sides at anytime. Definitely some great ideas out there to mold and shape the leaders of tomorrow!!