Duane Thomas

Toronto, Canada

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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
Is college really as important as our society today has made it out to be?
Personally I do not consider college a necessity to be successful but it does provide an interesting opportunity to expand your social circle and interact with intelligent individuals you normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to as a young person. The college experience for me wasn’t as much about what was learned in the classroom as much as what I learned out of the classroom. I learned a lot about how people interact with each other, and saw people go through the highs and lows of academic life. This time is often taken for granted by students who look back years later wishing they made different choices. This is a time to expand yourself and figure out who you want to be in life and plan your route to get there. Another positive aspect of student life is the guidance and services that you have available to you once you have a student number, anything from a career centre, to library, gym, resume centre, councilors etc. On the other hand I have known quite a few individuals who did not attend/ stopped attending college and are doing great in life. With the use of technology and forums such as this one, traditional learning is not the only option to be an educated and productive member in society. There is more information and people to meet on the internet then any college or university around the world has to offer and it really puts the choice of what you want to do/learn in the hands of the user. As stated below some of the wealthiest people of our generation did not attend an post secondary institution and ended up doing far better then anyone would have expected them to do. When looking for a well paying job, recruiters will often look to hire an individual with some sort of post secondary credentials, not necessarily for the information you gained from the program but it shows that you have dedicated yourself to something and completed it from start to finish, it gives your work ethic credibility. Keep living the life you desire. good luck!
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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
What is your definition of good education?
I believe that age appropriate interactions with the world around them would give the students context to their studies. Developing an understanding of how the system works early on as well as seeing life in motion outside of the common home/school setting most students are accustomed to can serve to expand their world view. With these two pieces in place, I believe the students, even at a young age would be better able to associate classroom lessons to their current, or their future lives. Furthermore, teachers should always be providing guidance along with a dialog to the lessons, especially at an early age. Also to ensure the students understand how each piece of information is useful, the teacher must plan field trips or any other activities in advance with a purpose while explaining to the students along the way the reason for the outing.
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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
What role does music play in our lives?
Music has the ability to unlock parts of our mind that went missing in action long ago. In a single drum loop, or a beautifully crafted guitar riff, memories, smells, sounds down to the detail come flooding back not unlike Proust's Madeleine. “Music has power—especially for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. And it can spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages of the disease.” (http://www.alzfdn.org/EducationandCare/musictherapy.html) The connection that most of us have with music is one that evokes a feeling be it positive or negative. These sounds are deeply ingrained in us from an early age; it’s soothing, comforting and familiar. Do you ever wonder why you have so much trouble remembering test material, but that song you heard a few times 15 years ago comes back like a landslide the second you hear the guitar or saxophone, every word, without missing a beat. Music is a part of who we are, its something we can leave behind and take pride in knowing it will be around for centuries to come. Finding a perfect soundtrack for a moment can leave you breathless, it can change your mood instantly, it connects people in a way no religion never has. Music is life.
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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
When capital punishment can be viewed as a valid punishment for crime?
Capital punishment exists in an ancient way of reasoning that our global community has been steadily progressing away from for centuries. Why, in our justice system (of the west) do we not sever the hand of a thief, castrate a rapist, stone the unfaithful or any number of other punishments that can be imagined by the human mind. Is it our morals? Is it our religion? Is it the doubt in us and our abilities? Is it the uncertainty in the justice system? In my view, it’s the disassociation between the community and the justice system that poses the greatest problem. It’s the textbooks filled with page after page of loopholes and legal jargon that make it nearly impossible for the layman to navigate. The exact same crime can be tried by two different judges in two different courts with the same exact evidence and because of a minor loophole one of the two may walk, the other may face life in prison or even death. This in my view shows the injustice in the law and the inequality amongst each other. The scales of justice are imbalanced, causing me to believe that no person, no matter the heinousness of the crime should be killed. It’s almost like the death penalty endorses sweeping the problem under the rug to forget about our hurt and pain. We should learn from these people, understand the how and the why because only then can we make the changes that actually matter.
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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
What is your definition of good education?
A good education begins with the question humans have been asking since the beginning of time…why? Understanding the reason we learn is key to a successful journey through the school system. Rather then absorbing information and regurgitating it onto a piece of paper only to forget it moments after its handed in, having the student understand why that piece of information is useful and how it fits into their lives is key. The social aspect of learning is also one of the most important elements of an education. Many of the most important lessons we learn in life happen right under our noses, without us ever knowing a change had occurred. The ability to socialize with a group of peers of the same age group greatly influences that person’s social behavior (positive/negative) for years to come. An understanding of the world outside the classroom is, in my opinion, one of the most overlooked elements in most school systems. Field trips, from my experience, always seemed like a day off from learning, a time to relax and just have fun. I believe learning outside of the classroom should become a staple in the day to day lives of students and the information gathered should be used to the teachers advantage in the next lesson.
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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
Should immigration laws be stricter to prevent terrorism?
This isn’t a question about countries; it’s a question about people. Regardless of the location of the “terror” the act is still the same and the motivation is the same (to take an action and to attain a reaction) Root causes of these behaviors need to be examined and changes need to be made on a social level. To change the immigration policy seems to be the desired outcome of the “terrorists” and I believe that by symbolically giving in to their demands (having us live in constant fear) would only justify their cause to a warped mind. We have been focused for far to long on the “where” when we should have been focused on the “why”.
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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
Should students have the right to participate in developing school curriculum?
I believe that age appropriate involvement in establishing a curriculum with young students (K – 12) would better integrate the student into the leaning experience. Allowing the student to be involved in these choices would serve as a lesson in decision making and the importance of long term planning and goal setting. If you were born before 1994 you were confined to a dull hand me down textbook serving more as a punishment then as a learning tool. With our ever evolving technology, the availability of relevant resources in the classroom is endless and the structure of the classroom would benefit from paralleling those advancements. Allowing the students to be involved in the information finding process along with their chosen life path, I believe, has the potential to spark the interest in education that could change the dynamics of generations to come. Choice is rarely a negative.
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Duane Thomas
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the one thing that we all look to find in life?
In my opinion we all strive for answers to the great questions (why am I here, what does it all mean, what came first, the chicken or the egg). A place where we can be openly accepted and have the freedom to express our inner desires and strive for self fulfillment. Love for self, one another and the planet we occupy. The ability to question is what makes us special, at its core it is what makes us human. To look inside and understand that we are a small piece of a much larger puzzle allows us to grow as an individual and as a global community.