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Lisalotte Hyde
Posted 9 months ago
Is it part of human nature to have a hierarchy?
I think it is instinctive human nature too for hierarchical groups to maintain order and felicitate function ability within a complex social structure. I think, however, it is more complicated than simple hierarchy, I speculate that it is human nature for individuals to be drawn towards different groups of communal responsibility. You have the spark, that person who always has an idea but not always the interest in figuring it out or implementing it. You have the mastermind/thinker who can see all the details of the idea and generally has a good idea of what needs to be done to accomplish it but may not be physically or eloquently able to get it done. Then you have those who are coordinators, they can take the details and the Idea explain it in a way a group can understand and monitor the process. This brings us to the doers, they don't normally come up with grand Ideas but they are more than willing to help in the process of producing the big idea. And finally, you have the cleaners, the ones who don't normally like to do the other tasks but who enjoy the outcome and don't mind cleaning up after them. I'm sure others can think of more examples... But this is how I see it.
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Lisalotte Hyde
Posted 9 months ago
What issues should the U.S. Congress be addressing/prioritizing to prepare for a changing United States as we progress toward 2050?
Educational Reform, Jobs, Housing and Adequate healthy food for the whole of the U.S population. A well educated, well fed, housed and working populace is key to a healthy, happy and functioning population. However, Congress can only do so much. A lot of those reforms would only be successfully implemented at the lower state levels with state government taking responsibility and raising their standards. In the news it always seems to be big government this, big government that, but what about local government? What is preventing them from taking a stand, seeing that the way things are now is not working and adjusting their local goals and ambitions? A population is more willing to invest when it directly effects them and isn't some distant argument down in Washington D.C.
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Lisalotte Hyde
Posted 9 months ago
In your opinion, do you feel we need to move toward curriculum reform ? What areas would you target? What are the main issues you see?
Reform is desperately needed in the U.S. If reform was to happen, classroom layout should be addressed as the current in class arrangement makes it easy for students in the back to get distracted from the lessons being offered because they just can't see or hear as well as the students up front and they don't get noticed as well. A semi-circle of three to four desks deep around an elevated teachers platform would make it easier to stay focused and hear the topic of discussion and participate. Another issue that needs to be addressed is the fact that not all students learn in the same manor (e.g.. visual, audio tactile. etc.). However, all students are taught exactly the same way sit, listen, memorize, repeat back what was just said/written. They are also taught how to successfully take a test. This does not mean the student understood or related to the lesson only that they indeed heard, were paying attention, maybe wanted to learn but not that they cognitively connected to the heart of what was being taught. The final thing I feel needs to be addressed is social interaction. As an individual who was severely bullied and whom never saw anyone successfully address the bullying, nor any reduction in the bulling when it was addressed; I know that socialization education and relating to others is a severely under addressed and necessary factor of a young individuals life. You can not guarantee children will get that education at home anymore than you can guarantee that a child will learn how to count to 10 or there ABC's before going to Kindergarten. K-12 is the most impactful years of an individuals learning life. And we in the U.S are failing of future generations as it stands now. Many of them are socially inept, cognitively confounded and unable to think for themselves about what is and is not the right way to think about what they are doing, where they are going and how there actions relate to that objective.
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Lisalotte Hyde
Posted 9 months ago
What is it to be poor for you in this year?
To me, being poor this year meant being forced to go on to the SNAP's and Medicaid programs because I couldn't find continuous work for the year, needed to eat and was required by federal law to have medical coverage by 2014. As a healthy, 28 year old and a part time student I should be able to find at least a part time year around job to provide for my basic needs. However, the job market is not there. I keep telling myself, stick with school, it will pay off and all this will just be a stepping stone on my way to a better day... but staying positive becomes harder when all the NEWS and signs point towards continued hardship in my immediate future.