What Is Your Health Worth?

One of the most resourceful and budget friendly projects you can add to your home is a garden. Food has always been a valuable item especially vegetables which tend to be more expensive because they become rotten much faster than other process food. Growing vegetables really only takes 4 items dirt, seeds, sun, and water. So what caused growing gardens to go out of style?

America started off as a farm land. Farming was such an essential job that parents would not allow their children to go to school during the summer months to make sure everything got done. The government adjusted to this and this is the current reason why children do not go during the summer months. America kept to the tradition of letting children out during the summer, yet these children no longer need to work the fields so their family can survive. The fact that children do not need to labor away their days so they can support themselves is a beautiful thing but gardening for fun is very rewarding. The art of gardening in more urban areas has started to become a new education movement as children are learning more about healthy living. One project that has educated urban areas about farming is Cleveland’s Urban Agriculture Project.

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One of the biggest issues with SNAP is its lack of direction for healthy food options. One goal of the project is to use SNAP for more healthy and local fresh produce. The idea came from the success in Detroit and in slow mixing into other neighborhood programs. What many people don’t realize is that poverty can lead to obesity. Many have doubts and wonder, how could you be poor and overweight? Well the problem is not how much you are taking in, it is how you are receiving those calories. If you ate 100 calories from an avocado is it the same if you ate 100 calories in chips? Of course not there is a difference between the way you receive your calorie count for the day. Your body needs certain nurturance that it could not receive from the chips so your body wants more until it is full. This is why many who are living pay check to pay check have serious health problems because society has fallen into the idea that if you have the right amount of calories how you got them shouldn’t matter.

Most people do accept the fact that junk food is not good for your body, but when a bag of grapes is $1.25 a pound and ramen noodles is $.33 cents a pack at that moment the noodles will seem like the right choice when living on a tight budget. This is why planting is so important for our society right now. If this person knew they had some fresh vegetables at home to cook with then what extra cash they do receive with SNAP for food could be used for healthier option because they know that at least they can feed their family.

What is your health worth to you?

Health care is not and probably never will be affordable for anyone on a tight budget.  The prices hospitals can charge for the smallest of health concerns scares the life out of people. Some people lose their life savings because of a few hospital bills. This just shows how important eating healthy is for many families. However, it is hard to consider all of this when you know you only have $100 to feed your family of 5 this month. So if you want to support your family but you’re not sure what else you can do, start a garden. This is the time to be creative use old soda liters bottles and another items you have at home.

If you are ready to add healthier items into your life then start today. The food in your body can decided if your going to live a health long life or struggle month to month just to afford your medication for high blood pressure. Cleveland would be the next great spot for this program to flourish because we have a lot of land that could be used for farming while having several urban areas that are not familiar to the idea of growing their own food. Our society needs to learn how to be more independent from mega sized brand name stores so that we can spend more time doing the thing that truly matter to us instead of constantly battling to afford our lifestyles.

The Transition from school to Prison

 

Our public schools are falling into a dangerous situation that can only lead to our education system turning into a prison. The transition is slow but noticeable if you look at how the system is operated. Sadly, the increase deaths from school shootings are encouraging this process. I can show you just how this is happen and it is going to make you reconsider more security in schools.

What is a teacher’s true responsibility?

One of the most rewarding careers emotionally you can do is become a teacher. Teachers are the most influential people in many children’s lives. Eight hours a day five times a week, children are in the care of teachers. The amount of school shootings every year rises. This is a painful truth that America does not know how to respond to. These are some of the first statements that are always asked.

  1. Why didn’t someone speak up about their behavior?
  2. Do we need more gun control?
  3. Do we need more guns?
  4. Was he mentality ill?
  5. Someone should had seen the signs, where were the teachers.

People wonder if the teachers are not paying enough attention to see these signs. What they don’t seem to understand is the daily pressures involved when dealing with their students. The definition of a teacher is one that teaches or one whose occupation is to instruct. However, America has seemed to forgotten this fact. The sole purpose of a teacher is to education their students to the best of their capability in the time given to them. But now they expect this already low-budget career to pick up the stack of other occupations. So what are a teachers true responsibilities?

 

Should I die for you?

This topic comes up often when a school shooting has happen. Should teachers be expected to risk their lives. Many times you will see stories about the teacher who took the bullets hoping to give their students a chance or the janitor who runs to tell everybody to get out when they knew they wouldn’t survive. What it means to be a teacher is changing. This year alone there has been over 10 school related shootings.

The death of a child is hard to watch and no one would want to bear witness to such an event. Every year the amount of school shooting rises. So who do they look to in order to handle the situation, The Teacher! That is simply just an unfair burden to place on people who are already supposed to risk their lives. Many of the situation involve a former student. People actually think that a teacher someone who is expected to guide children into the future should be prepare to kill one when needed. Emotionally, this is a terrible idea and it is no good financial either. America’s educational system has always had to deal with cuts including teachers’ pay.

There is no money left over to make such a proposal happen. If one of the teachers makes a mistake and accidently harms a children the district will pay thousands of dollars for endangerment of a child. There are good teachers, but there are a lot of bad ones as well. There is no way to guarantee that teach won’t lose it and do something awful themselves.

So what was my point in all of this, teachers are not angels. We cannot expect to solve all of these problems by making it there job. That is just adding another piece of tape to an overworked machine. We should not pressure teachers to own guns when they already have given up so much. Teachers with guns is just one step closer to a prison facility.

The Parent

Depending on the area many parents spend their time working just to give child what they need. Then there are the children that come from broken homes making schools the only place they can be notice. When children come to school they are expected to sit and focus for seven hours against their will. Now when I say against their will what I am referring to is the fact that most children are up before the sunrise to get ready for school. Then others are forced to wear specific clothing to make everyone look the same. Then the student study every subject each day and repeat. The system of America’s school are set up in a way that makes it feel like there is no sense of freedom. During this time the teachers are expected to monitor the students and make them behave. The school system is a form of structure but when the home front in a battleground the students come to class with crazy attitude because that was the only thing they were shown. This is one of the roles teachers are expected to take, the parent.

Guidance Counselors

Now the role counselor has been one of the biggest things expected from teachers. Counselor help many get over past or current pain and decision. Another old problem the schools have ignore are bullies. Now in every teen movie the bully is some future looking low life that are good at homework AKA nerds. Or there is the popular guy that is full of his self that goes home to any abusive father. Somehow with an average class of 20 to more student. Teachers need to intervene in every situation that turns south. But that is just not how reality works. The bullies or the ones on the receiving end are not the other ones suffering. Most of the students are confused on who they are and struggle to be themselves. Also the need to show the student how they should behave has somehow shifted to the teacher. That alone is a full-time job. Children are full of pure emotions that are expressed in many different ways. As seen in the rises of suicides and school shooting the children need guidance that is not currently being given. This is the next role expected to come from teacher.

Job Coach

Once a student is 18 they are expected to either continue their education or find a job. Learning how to support yourselves is one of the most value lesson of life. Many students do not understand what they want to do? It is not an easy choice to make even adult struggle with understand what they should do. Now I do believe that there should be teachers just for planning out future possibilities, yet currently we are lacking in such programs. Every teacher will tell you that student often as why learning this or that would be productive. Student are concern about how useful they are in the actual world and not just in the classrooms. Teachers have limits on how they can present the material given to them yet this is something most expected teacher to be able to answer.

Will we allow Americas school to become prison?

The more you look into how the school system has change the more it becomes apparent. The teachers are being encourage to take up arms, the student are forced to wear a required outfit, once you are they you cannot leave at any time unless certain circumstances have occurred, and if you do not show up you can be prosecuted by law. Letting teachers have guns will only be the start to changing what school is supposed to be and we should not let that happen.

10 Problems with the U.S. Educational System

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According to The Center for Public Education, most high school require between 175 and 180 days of school and/or between 900 and 1,000 hours of instructional time per year. So that means in four years you would spend about 700 to 720 days totaling to an average of 3,800 hours in high school before you graduate. In more populated state the amount of hours increase to an average of a little over a thousand per year.  We spend almost 4,000 hours in high school so what exactly are we doing with all this time to prepare student for the future.

1.Homework    

 

Do you think we should have homework in high school? At first, the idea of having students not doing homework sound like something a lazy scholar would say but is homework effective or necessary. Like I stated earlier students already are required at the very least 3,800 hours before graduating. To put that into prospective if you worked that much a year at minimum wage you would be at around 8,500 dollars per year.  As an adult just think about all the thing you could accomplish if 8 hours of 5 of your days were dedicated to learning, you could learn several skills for most job training.  So like I said earlier taking up more of a student’s time will not make them smarter if the time is not used properly.

2. Reading & Writing Levels

 

In 2015, 37% of twelfth-grade students performed at or above the Proficient achievement level in reading. There is one thing high school should teach you before you graduate, and that is how to reading and write.  Most people would agree that if you cannot read and write to a certain level you should not be able to graduate.  However that is not the case most students are nowhere near what they should be in their reading.  I have seen this myself in my own high school where people walked across the stage but I know they would struggle to finish a one page essay.  Knowing all the rules of grammar by heart is unnecessary but you should be able to communicate you thoughts in your writing as well.

3. Presenting Lies as History

 

There are many issues our educational system faces. One of these issues is the way we presents the information to them.  For example, one of the biggest lies we were taught in school was about Christopher Columbus.  We have proclaimed for generations that he discovered the Americas but then are given information that contradicts that theory.  There were already people living there? You cannot discover something that is already being used.  Everyone knows this yet we are still presenting a false image of how the nation was found.  The scope of history taught in school is also way too limited.  There are many events that have taken place that should be cover in classes but are not.  Teaching about the same events in history over and over does not help anyone.

4. The No Child Left Behind Act

 

The No Child Left behind Act was created during the Bush administration in hopes to boost our educational system. In theory, the idea behind making the legislation sounded like a good plan but it was a failure.  Instead of trying to educate the students more we actually did the exact opposite.  Students that could do work up to standards were ignored and students that did not have the level of education they needed were pushed through.  Also teachers were required to teach students how to be better test takers.  I remember having whole days dedicated to knowing how to take test better so you could play the odds of doing well even if you did not know the answer.  So instead of trying to make students more educated the government decided we just need to appear to be doing better which actually hindered the students learning experiences.  Knowing how to take a test will never be a job skill and should not be a focus in any school system.

5. Learning a Second Language

 

Why are we not adapting to the rest of the world? In basically every major nation the students learn to speak more than one language.  These classes often start during middle school or sooner.  Yet in America it is only required to take 2 years in high school.  Because of this, it is very unlikely that any of the students will retain any of the language they may had learn.  Only knowing how to speak one language closes us off from the rest of the world along with many great opportunities because we cannot communicate ourselves unless someone translate for us or only speak to people who know English. The system of having a second language taught in high school only is out of date.  There was a point in time when America and Britain was the lead so everyone learned to speak English in other nations but that is no longer the case.  The world is globalizing and if we can only communicate in one way we will continue to fall back because most people do not want to work with people that cannot talk to them because it is frustrating. Even our government recognized this in 2003 which led to developing the National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) to endorse language learning and recruiting translators to serve military and national security needs.  The year 2003 was over a decade ago yet we have not made much progress since then.

6. The Types of People That are Hired

 

There are a lot of people that should not be teachers. Teacher are not only presenting the youth with knowledge, but their personal views as well.  This can affect how a class is run causing certain students to be judge more than others.  The personality type of a person should be a great factor in whether they should teach or not.  I know I am sick and tired of seeing cases of students being physically or sexually harass by their teachers.  This needs to stop.  Sadly though until teachers are paid the way they should be this is very unlikely to happen.  If you are not willing to pay people way they deserve then the result will be what is happening right now, you will hire people that should not be hired because you cannot afford the good ones.

7. Life Skills    

 

 High School does not prepare you for life, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t. We have a perfect opportunity to teach children when they grow up how to provide for themselves yet we do not use it?  There are things people need to know how to do that no one is teaching how to do for example:

1. Taxes?                                                2. How to get a Drivers’ License?

3.When you should start applying for college?

4.When you should start applying for scholarships?       5. How to vote?

 8. Job Training

 

Another thing schools seem to ignore is the fact that not everyone should go to college straight out of high school. There is nothing wrong with not going to college.  First of all it is expensive and many fail there first semester because they did not have the skill level they should had received in high school to be prepared for college.  Instead they need to start considering advocating job training in high school so students can prepare for a route that will not involve going for thousands of dollars in loans.  Having a skills can led to other chances in the future for college once you know what you want.  There is nothing wrong with taking your time to get a college degree instead of going right out of high school when most people cannot even decide what their major should be.

9. School Dress Code

 

We should not be telling children how to dress themselves in public high school. If you cannot trust a high school student to dress themselves properly then we have hit rock bottom.  Yes, some people like to expose themselves more than others but in the end they are underage and the only real problem with that is the people looking at them in a sexual way.  Also, the market for school clothes is almost a scam.  Most school outfits are not made of comfortable material which a student is expected to wear for hours 5 times a week.  These clothes are not cheap, they waste parent’s money when they could just dress themselves like normal instead of having to buy clothes just for school each year.

10. Bathroom Breaks

 

It is childish to have people who are over the age of 15 to ask for bathroom breaks. Most students are 18 when they graduate meaning they are old enough to smoke, join the army, drive, and take out loans.  Forcing people who are trying to become adults to ask for bathroom breaks just does not make sense.

These are 10 problems I have with the current educational system for the U.S.

Revolutionaries for Education

Suli Breaks
Today I want to talk about spoken word, my recent favorite has become Suli Break. I first heard of this spoken word videos a few months ago and it was an amazing experience. His video “Why I hate School but Love Education” was inspiring to me.
He stands firm in his words and engages all ages with the way he speaks. I could relate to his speech as a current college senior trying to understand what was my end goal for schooling, has it me prepared for the world? I know that many college students are lost. Everyone keeps telling us, stay in school get good grades because it will help your future but is that really the case? I wonder this all the time but my mind has been program to just keep going because that is what you’re suppose to do. If you feel that way too you will love this video because Suli Breaks covers this from head to toe.
Education in our society has grown into a mess of marketing propaganda and control environments. There is so much to learn about this world and yet we become confined textbook and test. Our education system needs a widespread renovation to actually create critical thinking and not the same topics that will not apply to most people’s future. Our education should be for the cultivating of the people not a money maker for the few.

Suli Breaks
If you have not seen any of this his work I suggest you watch right now. He is not afraid to hit hard issues of our current day society. His gives words of encouragement and I believe the whole word should have a chance to hear him speak.Education

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