Brandon Scott

Irvine, CA, United States

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Brandon Scott
Posted almost 4 years ago
How do we reform education?
I agree with you and I'm an ex-college athlete and extremely competitive myself. I think it is necessary to compete and it does allow us to push each other to their best potential so to speak but I don't think a letter grade system is the best way to get the youth to compete. I think what I really meant by my first comment is that instead of competing against all students we should be competing against those with the same interests, fields of knowledge, and "career paths" if you want to call it that. I think, just as medicine is becoming extremely specific to the patient and circumstances, education should be specific and designed to single student cases. Rather than having students lumped into bell curves and letter grades we should get to know students individually and what moves them to compete with themselves and strive for excellence without putting them against others that learn differently or want to learn different things.
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Brandon Scott
Posted almost 4 years ago
What does it take to make the youth take charge and feel responsible for their own initiatives?
Definitely is a hard question. Falling through the cracks would mean negligent parenting and ignoring the sensitivity that is required to breed creativity and initiative. I think it requires a commitment from parents that we just don't have in the world today. We are too ready to hand our children over to schools and teachers that don't know them nearly as well as their parents. I think parents, in order to raise a responsible child that is willing to take lead on changing things, must be much more willing to deal with the child's issues that arise from having more freedom. We are so scared to see our children get in trouble or fail that we don't realize those are the moments they learn the most.
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Brandon Scott
Posted almost 4 years ago
How Do We Teach Children Compassion and Empathy?
I think of it more as helping children understand compassion and empathy rather than teaching it. We all have desires and motives to connect with others, empathize with others, compete with others, etc. The ability to understand these urges and our feelings towards others is much different than simply knowing what they are.
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Brandon Scott
Posted almost 4 years ago
How do we reform education?
I think it's impossible to reform education without reforming the way we view education. Our inability to resist "ranking" or "grading" ourselves against other students and tests hinders greatly our ability to truly and freely learn. Consistently comparing people to people denies the fact the we all learn incredibly different and view each lesson taught in the classroom in a completely different way. Until we each view ourselves as individual learners unable to be compared to others we cannot reform our education system, which is solely based on your ability to learn the way the teacher would prefer you to learn.
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Brandon Scott
Posted almost 4 years ago
What does it take to make the youth take charge and feel responsible for their own initiatives?
In my opinion.... FREEDOM. I think a real key to taking initiative is being stuck into situations where no one else is there to initiate you. The idea that things don't just fix themselves should be engrained consistently in our youth's minds. The sooner independence is reached, the sooner that person is looking for ways to self-improve. I think we coddle our youth into thinking that only when they're ready will they have to take initiative and make a tough decision. This teaches that there is no real pressure or sense of urgency to change our world, when in reality a youthful perspective may be exactly what this world needs. Getting the youth to take initiative and rely on themselves more will hopefully provide this perspective and I think in order to do that, we must throw them into the fire so to speak. I am not promoting negligent parenting or lack of sympathy for a youth's problems, but a longer leash and less security to fall back on could force a lot of creative young people into forming their ideas around real, attainable goals.
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Brandon Scott
Posted almost 4 years ago
Do young people have a valid role to play in national and international politics?
To respond directly to your question. NO. As a young man (in the U.S. at least) I am consistently told to sit back and accept what someone who will not be affected by these decisions... AKA OLD PEOPLE, decides to do with MY future. Political outlets are there and real, yet only real in the eyes of the youth who have been told their ideas and opinions count yet have been acted towards in a completely different manner. What's worse than not being listened to? Being listened to and then disregarded.
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Brandon Scott
Posted about 4 years ago
Why don't people believe in God?
I think for me it all comes down to hope. I haven't really decided myself whether or not there is or is not a God. Yet I see good Christians, not the fire and damnation Christians people are so easily to assume represent all Christians, and I see and feel this incredible sense of hope and faith in something that I can't see in myself or in non-Christians. I think it's healthy and right to believe in something greater than yourself and to have a moral standard in which to strive for that would greatly improve this world if everyone accepted. I'm not saying God is real or God is not, I'm simply saying that I feel that there have been times in my own life where I truly wished I was more certain of God's existence in order to own that hope and faith that many Christians have. It's uplifting to see people so enthralled in love for one another that it almost makes it worth it even if God is not real.
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Brandon Scott
Posted about 4 years ago
Why dont we enjoy the movie as much as the book ?
No matter what I feel as though we are going to like and accept our ideas and pictures more than anyone else's. Our egos if you want to call it that, allow us to believe that our form of a character is "better" or more accurate than someone else's form. I think another great thing about books compared to movies is the ability to put it down and come back to it. We can allow the concepts and meanings to permeate our thoughts for a night or however long rather than being fed a storyline continuously for 2 or 3 hours.
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Brandon Scott
Posted about 4 years ago
Reinventing government - what would it look like?
What's so wrong with a hunter gatherer society? Can you imagine a world where you can literally completely provide for yourself and your family without interference? In my eyes, complete freedom is the only way to go. Build what you want to build, eat what you want to eat, go where you want to go. I feel like it's only the weakness of people fearing that they don't have what it takes to survive on their own that keeps us running to governments. Yes, life would be much simpler. Yes, life would be less social. Yes, life would be full of issues that you yourself, God forbid, would have to deal with. Our society's and government's structure has changed incredibly and became wildly complex over the years. But change is not always progress.