Thursday, September 26, 2019

PLANT BLINDNESS



The term plant blindness may set you wondering as you may not have heard the term before. In fact, plant blindness is a problem many of us suffer from. The consequences of this problem for humanity and the planet are phenomenal so it may be a good idea to find out more about it. When you have completed your research, write an essay.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays: https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com/
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Plant blindness: a short film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv3PgGL-008
Reading material to make notes on
Click on the links to access the video, power point presentation and reading material
·         Why plant blindness matters – and what you can do about it http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190425-plant-blindness-what-we-lose-with-nature-deficit-disorder
Podcast
·         Plant blindness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEqR0_cSoAE
Videos to watch and take notes from
·         Plant blindness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuTkgcFjOWw
·         A cure for plant blindness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUzrRo1T274

Friday, September 6, 2019

WHY PALLIATIVE CARE IS IMPORTANT



Palliative care is a vital part of any health care system or at least should be. Unfortunately, it is virtually non-existent in many developing and underdeveloped countries. Do your research and discover what exactly palliative care entails and how it benefits patients. When you are ready write an essay on the topic.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays: https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com/
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         What is palliative care? https://getpalliativecare.org/whatis/
Reading material to make notes on
·         It could be any day now: why how you die matters https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/26/health/end-of-life-care-uk-gbr-intl-eprise/index.html Make sure to watch the video and read the text.
·         The role of palliative care at the end of life https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3241069/
Videos to watch and take notes from
·         The importance of palliative care in global health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnhU44_6mrc

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

AGEISM



Ageism, or stereotyping and judging on the basis of age, is a worldwide problem. No one is born ageist; ageism is an attitude fostered by society and has a host of negative consequences. Do your research and discover what it entails and write an essay concerning the issue.
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Ageism Towards Older People - Motion Graphics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqhEEAgyKZk
Reading material to make notes on
·         Are you ready? What you need to know about ageing https://www.who.int/world-health-day/2012/toolkit/background/en/index3.html
·         Ageism https://www.who.int/ageing/ageism/en/
Also click: Frequently asked questions about ageism and 10 misconceptions about ageing
·         Ageing in America: Ageism and General Attitudes Towards Growing Old and the Elderly https://file.scirp.org/pdf/JSS_2017081414465032.pdf
Videos to watch and take notes from
·         The harmful effects of ageism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnp3T4Yzaws
·         Lets end ageism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfjzkO6_DEI
·         Rethinking age and ageism https://www.coursera.org/lecture/ageing/2-age-and-ageism-yCRES

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

WHY WE NEED TO REINVENT DEMOCRACY FOR THE LONG-TERM



By: Roman Krznaric
Level of difficulty:***
BEFORE YOU READ
·         Short term thinking is creating long term problems https://www.smh.com.au/national/short-term-thinking-is-creating-long-term-problems-20181107-p50egn.html
·         The problem of “short termism” in Western democracies
QUESTIONS
1.      Start reading the text. Where does the introduction end? Now answer the questions.
·         What unrealistic expectation Hume entertained(had) proved to be wrong?
·         We can understand from the comparison of the man on the street and politicians that the two groups think along radically different lines/ think along different lines/ think along similar lines/ think along identical lines.
2.      Continue reading. Where does the second section end? What subtitle would you give this section? Now answer the questions.
·         What is this section going to be about?
·         Why is the political business cycle described as myopic?
·         The NRA (The National Rifle Association) spends a lot on lobbying to protect current gun laws in the US. We can describe the activities of this group as an effort to…
·         What does “It” refer to in the phrase “It’s a blind spot”? Be precise.
·         Write the following sentence out in full eliminating the referral and making it more formal: “But that is the reality.”
3.      Continue reading. Where does the next section end? What subtitle would you give this section? Now answer the questions.
·         Treating the future as tempus nullius is unethical because we are, in fact, …
·         Where in the paragraph beginning “Some suggest…” would you place the following: because he would be unaffected by lobbying or being re-elected.?
·         The case of Sweden has been included in the paragraph to support the contention that…
·         Finland and Wales are both examples of places which …
·         The major concern with regard to the above projects and ones like them is the fact that…
·         Watch the following https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fivQUlC7-8. What David Suzuki is proposing is essentially what the Athenians called…… Why would legislators in such a system be more effective in taking a long term view? Use your own words.
4.      Continue reading to the end. What subtitle would you give this section? Now answer the questions.
·         What surprising observation was made at the end of the research conducted by Tatsuyoshi Saijo and his team?
·         Watch the following: https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/ What is unique about this organization?
·         Refer to the previous question. What gives these people the right to file such a law suit? Use your own words.
·         We will be forced to stop disregarding the rights of our grandchildren and great grandchildren due to…
·         The writer feels we are perfectly justified in believing in a form of democracy that empowers future generations because…
WRITING TASK
First alternative:
Read the following short text: If I ruled the world: Martin Reese https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/if-i-ruled-the-world-martin-rees. Now write an essay in which you discuss to what extent you agree with his ideas.
Second alternative:
Refer back to the second video provided at the beginning of the task. Write an essay discussing to what extent you agree with the suggestions the speaker makes.
WHY WE NEED TO REINVENT DEMOCRACY FOR THE LONG-TERM; KEY AND TEACHERS’ NOTES
This text is based on a unique opinion: future generations should also be considered when making decisions that will impact them. So far, the rights of future generations have been completely ignored but as the text points out, a gradual shift has started and may well end up being the silver bullet against climate change. The questions are a mixture of text explicit and text implicit questions with the majority taking the latter form.
1.      At the end of paragraph three./ The institutions of government (such as political representatives and parliamentary debates) would serve to temper our impulsive and selfish desires, and foster society’s long-term interests and welfare. /Think along similar lines
2.      It ends with the phrase “…render them voiceless and airbrush their futures out of the political picture.”/ Possible title: The causes of short-termism/ the roots of the fixation on the now/ Because it ignores long-term issues (out of which they can make little immediate political capital)/ Secure near-term benefits for themselves (while passing the longer-term costs onto the rest of society)/ the fact that the citizens of tomorrow are granted no rights/ The reality is that future generations are disenfranchised in the same way that slaves or women were in the past
3.      It ends with the phrase “…politicians obsessed with the next election. / Possible subtitle: How Not To Colonize the Future / Colonising the future (This is the shortest answer but the following sentence will do too. Start “Treating…”) / After “safely” /Democracies have a better record on long-term thinking and planning than authoritarian regimes / have already embarked on pioneering experiments to empower the citizens of the future /They are too reformist and do little to alter the structure of democratic government at a fundamental level/Sortition, possible answer: they would not be elected, they would not need to worry about getting re-elected, they would not have political concerns /
4.      Possible subtitle: Is it possible? /The future residents devise far more radical and progressive city plans compared to current ones. / the plaintiffs are in their teens or early 20s/Possible answer: they are fighting for their own future (they are children at the moment)/ the twin threats of ecological collapse and technological risk/ Democracy has taken many forms and been reinvented many times  






Monday, July 15, 2019

THE ADVANTAGES OF INTELLECTUAL HUMILITY



Defined by Mark Leary as the recognition that the things you believe in might in fact be wrong, intellectual humility is sadly lacking in the modern world. However, it has innumerable advantages as you will discover when you have done your research. When you are ready, write an essay in which you discuss the advantages of intellectual humility.

Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com/
Familiarize yourself with the issue:

·         What is intellectual humility? Part 1: Introduction (Dr Ian Church) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CZIkGEJYRY

Take the test:
Reading material to make notes on:
·         People with greater intellectual humility have superior general knowledge https://digest.bps.org.uk/2019/04/03/people-with-greater-intellectual-humility-have-superior-general-knowledge/
·         The benefits of admitting when you don’t know https://behavioralscientist.org/the-benefits-of-admitting-when-you-dont-know/
·         How intellectual humility can make you a better person https://www.thecut.com/2017/02/how-intellectual-humility-can-make-you-a-better-person.html
·         Intellectual humility the ultimate guide https://www.shanesnow.com/articles/intellectual-humility#intellectual-humility-intro
Videos to watch and take notes from:


Monday, June 24, 2019

THE IMPORTANCE OF CIVILITY IN LIFE



Emerson said “Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy”. Yet people seem to have forgotten all about civility in many areas of life in spite of its many advantages. Sheila Suess Kennedy got it right when she said "We cannot find common ground without civility, and we cannot solve our problems without finding common ground." Do you agree? Do your research and find out more about the effects of rudeness and suggest ways to make people learn to be more civil towards each other. This essay is a combination of a cause effect and a problem solution essay.

Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com/
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Civility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YXmljRvhrU
Reading material to make notes on
·          The importance of civility in the workplace https://smallbusiness.chron.com/importance-civility-workplace-43590.html
Videos to take notes from
·         Three ways to practice civility https://www.ted.com/talks/steven_petrow_3_ways_to_practice_civility
·         The force of civility https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paAfcZMpFAc

Thursday, June 13, 2019

THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL EXCLUSION



Social exclusion is defined in the dictionary as exclusion from the prevailing social system and its rights and privileges, typically as a result of poverty or the fact of belonging to a minority social group. Social exclusion has serious effects on individuals. Do your research to find out what they are and write an essay.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays:https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com/

Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Social exclusion and its effects on health https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyAlnObWfrE
Podcast: panel discussion
·         What are the causes of social exclusion https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/what-are-causes-social-exclusion#
Reading material to make notes on
·         Causes and Consequences of Social Exclusion and Peer Rejection Among Children and Adolescents https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6085085/
·         Risks and outcomes of social exclusion http://www.oecd.org/education/school/1855785.pdf
Videos to take notes from
·         Exclusion is an invisible disease | Ronna Timpa | TEDxFremontEastWomen
·         The psychological effects of feeling excluded http://socialpsychonline.com/2015/11/psychology-ostracism-feeling-excluded/
·         Researching the effects of social isolation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyAlnObWfrE