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Nicholas Shumate
Posted over 2 years ago
Your beliefs on where Morality comes from?
Morality is a tough one because of The Observer. It is so complicated because Morality is the embodiment of who a person is. Social factors play in by influencing the general idea of what Morality is. Society being the fickle beast of time changes decade to decade. Not to mention things like economics, a person who needs money (leader with an accent who wants oil), Endangerment, and if you really want to get Quantum, the reality the individual perceives. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUyqfUut8lA
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Nicholas Shumate
Posted over 2 years ago
Universities that pride themselves on developing future global leaders are actually failing in this regard. Do you agree or disagree?
I have found myself faced with two options: either life with knowledge, or life with knowledge and a price tag on the rest of my life. I realize Professors have to survive and facilities maintained, but at the same time why should I attend a University with a price tag which, in a best case, would be a good chunk of the mortgage of my father's house. The same courses available at my local community college is exponentially less expensive. The difference being the name on the piece or pieces of paper. Why? Especially in this economy. I find it morally repugnant. Yet those with a large wallet surpass those working 30 hours a week "Part Time" to pay for community college and such essentials as food and transportation. I thoroughly believe that Universities have the capacity to admit large quantities of students, what I am skeptical of is their capacity to see past a bank statement. As for high schools, I have attended high school in two totally different states, Orting WA, and Mt Pleasant SC. The experiences were both the same. Haggard and tired teachers, who didn't get paid enough to do all of the things that were required of them, yet they trudged in every morning just like all the students, and they began teaching the curriculum that they themselves often questioned, and the mind numbing monotony was an ever present. I found that there was nothing more than power power points that couldn't show or talk of certain things depending on the state. I found that the idea of a system where you sit 30+ kids in a room for 90 minutes, ring a bell to tell them to go to another room for another sitting of 90 minutes, and so on and so forth almost like zombies. But that must not be correct for zombies cannot exist right? yet the average high school student is almost as mindless as a zombie for 8+ hours a day 5 days a week. I was once sent to In School Suspension because I refused to let the teacher confiscate my personal reading book, when I had finished my work.
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Nicholas Shumate
Posted over 2 years ago
Universities that pride themselves on developing future global leaders are actually failing in this regard. Do you agree or disagree?
But if the educational design is not changed what they will be running with is a skill at short term memorization, not application. The knowledge does no good if it cannot be taught properly. I recently Graduated high school and have quickly become infuriated with how much was kept from me as far as knowledge but more over how ineffective the system was at actually preparing me for anything more than sitting for eight hours and following a bell when rang, which is down right atrocious and destroys any sense of individuality. The system is severely broken and needs to be fixed, and quite frankly I am very angry with the lack of conviction and haste in doing so. I am sick of watching idly as those currently in charge of the system of education become increasingly and disgustingly detached from the new generation and the brilliant aspects that we as a whole bring to the table. The new generation of people entering this broken system have the potential to soar to new heights simply because we grew up in the very start of the information boom of the 21st Century, we know how and where to find all of the information we could ever want to know, its at our finger tips in the form of smart phones and tablets, yet the current system does not recognize the sheer potential that technology has, but more over no one knows the right questions to ask because of the Gap between the current administrations and the new generations
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Nicholas Shumate
Posted over 2 years ago
Universities that pride themselves on developing future global leaders are actually failing in this regard. Do you agree or disagree?
Yes, most assuredly. Why is it that the system that is meant to educate and better people is making them compete for the education and betterment that is claimed to be offered? A student fresh out of high school should not have to compete tooth and nail for a better future by education, since by very virtue without the student, there would be no education in the first place. Universities should be explaining to students why they should choose that particular establishment. Students should be allowed to ask the questions of "Why Is your program the best to choose?" or "Why should I choose your University?". Instead the Universities are set up to make it nearly impossible to express any kind of opinion to that extent, and are designed to destroy that kind of thinking, the kind of thinking we as a race, Humans, need desperately. More Importantly The Universities are a template for how society in 1st world countries is set up. A person is thrown into the society and absolutely drained of all individuality and thought. The issue with education ultimately is the issue that is the most pressing to solve, for it sets the pace and tone of society. If a society with an educational system designed to crush free thought and creativity is allowed to continue on its course of degradation, we can kiss the future good by and say hello to caves and forests once more, for it will be much the same. We are only as good as the system we use to educate ourselves, and the current one denies any room for outside of the box thinking and is solely designed for failure. No two people learn in the same way, and so a system that teaches only but one way, and a highly wasteful and ineffective way at that, will doom the future generations to a level of retardation that will ultimately be the responsibility of those who saw the problems and reused to act. I don't know about you, but I certainly don't want the history books of the future to say in colorful pictures that it was our fault.