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Showing posts with label society. Show all posts


Shaping Tomorrow's Citizens: Education, Religion, and Cultural Norms in the Classroom

In this blog post from Stones of Erasmus, I connect philosophical ideas with practical aspects of teaching and societal values. Let's invite reflection on the role of education, the influence of religion, and the importance of cultural norms in shaping the citizens of tomorrow.

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Parity in the Classroom: The Common Gifts of Our Students In every classroom, there lies a hidden world of potential. That gossipy student in the back row? Perhaps a budding playwright, weaving tales for the stage. Our students are not just learners; they are creators, thinkers, and future citizens. The Personal Stance vs. The Professional Stance Education is not just about imparting knowledge; it's a national effort to produce productive citizens. But what does that mean? Producing productive citizens is about nurturing individuals who contribute positively to society and the economy. It's about fostering responsibility, hard work, and a commitment to the common good. It's about developing skills like problem-solving, communication, and teamwork that are vital in today's workforce. The Image of Citizenship: A Reflection of Values What should citizens of a country look like? The nineteenth-century image of the American family was a myth, yet it shaped perceptions. Today, we recognize that there is no one specific way citizens should look. Every individual is unique, bringing their own strengths and perspectives. The goal is to cultivate responsible, engaged members of society who contribute to the common good. Religion and Education: A Complex Relationship "Orderliness is godliness." This saying reflects how we often infuse public education with ideology, including the notion to "pull yourself up by your bootstrap." But do religious influences benefit the school system? The Puritans were able to impose their ideology, but the relationship between religion and education is complex. Some believe that religious values can create moral grounding and community. Others see challenges in separating church and state, ensuring inclusivity for all students. Folkways and Mores: The Fabric of Society Folkways and mores are the threads that weave the social fabric. Folkways are the everyday customs and traditions, while mores are the deeper, moral values that guide a culture. Together, they shape our collective identity. Opinions: The Personal Take on Knowledge An opinion is more than a fleeting thought; it's your unique perspective on what you know. It's a reflection of your understanding, your beliefs, and your individuality.

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Opinion: Why Everyone Should Either Give Back to Society with Time or Money

In this blog post, I argue why it is our moral obligation to give back to society . . .
Why Everyone Should Give Back to Society

Have you ever stopped to think about the impact that one individual can have on society as a whole? It might not seem like much, but giving back to society can make a significant difference in the lives of others. In fact, it's so important that some people believe that citizens should be legally required to give back to their country through either volunteering or monetary donations.

Consider this: if a person cannot contribute monetarily, should they be required to volunteer their time? While it might seem like a burden, volunteering can be a fantastic way to give back to your community while developing new skills and connections.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy famously stated, "ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." These words still ring true today. Society relies on the generosity of its citizens to function properly. With the willingness of individuals to give back, many important initiatives and services come to fruition.

Moreover, the benefits of giving back go beyond helping others. Studies show that individuals who give back to society are generally happier, healthier, and more fulfilled. Volunteering, for example, can provide a sense of purpose and belonging and even help alleviate depression and anxiety.

So, how can you give back to society? There are many different ways to get involved, and the best approach is to find something that aligns with your interests and passions. If you're passionate about animal welfare, consider volunteering at a local animal shelter. If you're interested in education, consider tutoring children in your community. And if you can't give your time, consider donating to a cause you care about.

In conclusion, giving back to society is essential for improving our communities and society. It helps those in need and provides the giver a sense of fulfillment and purpose. So, let's follow in the footsteps of President Kennedy and ask ourselves not what society can do for us but what we can do for society.

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Satire: Inebriated White Women

Random Underlinings found in a serial killer's handbag:

Whenever inebriated upper-class white women scorn fags and black people, you have to stop to think that inebriated upper-class white women are the minority that needs to be checked on their white privilege. Better yet, tell 'em their sons are homos and the WWII museum should be burned to the fucking ground. Viva La Revolution!