So we all know that online schooling has started this week and that I might be like this for the rest of the school year. It has been a pretty hard transition for me, and I know it has been difficult for others. With classes like Physics, Business Math, and English It just feels like a lot of homework to do. The other problem I have been facing is not feeling compelled to work because I am a really bad procrastinator, so this last week I did all my homework the day before it was due. It literally took me all day, and physics is hard because I do not know how to do it. Overall this first week of school has been kinda rough. I want to know what you guys are thinking about online school. Do you guys think that it is harder than regular school? If you had a choice would you rather be back in school by now? If you could change anything about online school what would you change?
The world today has been full of uncertainties and our lives have drastically changed. One day we wake up like any other day, go see our friends at school and the next we are practicing social distancing for our safety, and the safety of those around us. The quarantine is especially difficult for our generation, we are at the age of branching out from the home to find our path in life. It can be difficult to watch and wait. It is scary to turn on the news and watch as Covid-19 progresses with no clear end in sight, the media is filled with bad news. Seeing our families concerned, and worrying about the health of friends and loved ones that can not be with us at this time is all unsettling. However, I have tried even though it is very difficult sometimes to find the positive in this situation. Because of the quarantine and social distancing, I have been able to reconnect with my family again. Sitting down at the table and eating homecooked dinner. lunches used to be a rarity because of my mother’s and I’s busy lifestyle. Now it has become a time we both savor. I have also had time to get into some of my old hobbies again; working with clay and playing guitar. I have also learned that life is a precious gift and to never take a single second of time spent with friends or family for granted. My questions for you are. How have you been coping with our current situation that is affecting our entire world? What are some positive attributes that have come from this circumstance? What has all of this taught you in general and about yourself?
Greetings, beautiful people!
Well, who would have thought we'd spend quarter 4 in quarantine, and (probably) finish the year online?
One thing is certain, these are interesting and unprecedented times. Please take a look at the letter/poem expressing my thoughts on the situation, here.
Fortunately, we have the syllabus, already, and an online platform at apaceodyssey.com, so transitioning to online learning won’t be that much of a struggle. We will, however, miss out on, arguably, the most crucial part of the class – our discussions and interactions – and that makes me sad.
On the plus side, though. You are free to work ahead, and if you finish up early, you will be done. (We will still continue the blog until the end, however.) In the off-chance that we do return to school, we will pick up where we are on the schedule.
I am putting all our assignments on the website, and I’ve created a Google Classroom and Remind for the class, as well. Here is a link to the Remind account for the class, and the Google Classroom code is erhwi7i. Please join those, if you haven’t already. I am available for help, questions, moral support, etc., so don’t hesitate to ask.
Your second book project is on the schedule for next week – let’s push that back to the end of April. Your third (and final) book project will be due by the end of May (when I would like everything in). We will not present them, of course, so I will simply grade the website as the presentation portion.
If you were absent for the midterm, I probably can’t administer the vocabulary section fairly as a take home exam, so I have uploaded it with that section omitted. If you were present, I will only count the vocabulary if it increases the score.
I am working on procuring digital texts for our two remaining course books. I will keep you posted on those. You will compose an essay for each of the texts from a selection of prompts that I will provide shortly.
Your final identity project will serve as your final exam, as well. If you do the video option, you can just send it to me, of course. If you make the poster, simply take a picture (or several smaller pictures). I would still like you to present/explain this project. Once it is complete, record a video of the presentation and post it as a Pacebook post for your classmates and me to see.
I have created a revised version of the syllabus for the remaining weeks, so follow along with that, and please contact me to help in any way I can.
My goal is to finish this course as effectively as possible while being accommodating, so as not to add tremendously to the stress and uncertainty you all are experiencing at the moment, but not shortchange your education, either.
All the best,
July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill that enacted Medicaid. Medicaid originally gave medical insurance to people who were getting cash assistance. Over the years Medicaid has become the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low income. It has a wide variety of being able to get into the program, even though each state has different requirements. In other words, Medicaid has been evolving over the years to meet the changing needs of the people. For example, it covers “low-income families, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and people who need long-term care”. There are a lot of benefits when a person becomes a recipient of Medicaid. Medicaid help pays for hospitals, community health centers, physicians, nursing homes, and jobs in the health care sector. According to KKF.org, it actually covers “1 in 5 Americans” and based on that there are several people needing Medicaid.
The downfall to being on Medicaid is that those who rely on it for a long time slowly lose their assets and their financial independence. This often leads to having a limited choice of choosing their care and facilities. There are also those who take advantage of being on Medicaid for a long time. Based on that would there be any way to encourage recipients who can still work to find a living? Who do you think should be able to receive the Medicaid benefits? Should it become more restrictive for those who are wanting Medicaid? What should we do with those who are taking advantage of Medicaid? What are your thoughts on Medicaid?
Beauty is defined as “a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or for, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight” or “a beautiful woman”.
Beauty has always been a word geared towards women and society. But, it truly can be appreciated in any form at all. It is important that we recognize the beauty in our own life such as within different cultures, behaviors, societies, Etc. Society constantly suggests as humans we have to be beautiful to be accepted as who we are. For example, some people may think of beauty as physical features. Some people will go to extreme extents to feel beautiful and get cosmetic surgery to enhance their physical features. We see the people we define as beautiful and tend to gravitate towards who they are, wishing we could be more like them. But some romanticize the beauty of life and nature. They may think of beauty as a gorgeous sunset at the end of the day, or seeing the beautiful blue oceans. Or even just little things, like seeing someone you really connect with after a long time or making someone else smile.
Not everyone thinks of beauty in the same ways, but most everyone can agree that they have had some sort of beautiful moment or experience within their lifetime. In a society full of harsh judgmental people, the ideal of inner-beauty is being tarnished by the idea that it is centered around physical features entirely.
My questions for you are: What is beauty? What is inner-beauty What are your thoughts on cosmetic surgeries (plastic surgery)? Do you think society emphasizes the idea of beauty? What do you find beauty in?
For much of earth’s history, humans have been divided into two genders: male and female. Now however, more and more people are coming out about the discomfort they feel in the gender they were born with. The technology of today has allowed people not only to dress and act like the opposite gender, but to also become that gender with sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy. Some families that believe in chosen gender as opposed to assigned have let their children grow up without common stereotypes. Others realize much later that something is wrong with who they are. While some people have a great support system throughout this, others face endless discrimination. The tug of war created by these polarized opinions has been making its way into our every day lives.
Some major establishments such as Target have allowed people to enter the bathroom of the gender they are identifying as at the moment as opposed to the gender they were born with. Because of this, people started boycotting the store. Even though they might not ever know that they were in a bathroom with a person that is transgender, the thought that they could be is frightening to them. The stigma around people that are transgender, especially boy to girl, is very negative and mostly misunderstood. Others argue that the danger is far higher for the people that are transgender. Many of them face criticism and abuse from those around them because of their choices. They are discriminated in their workplaces, places of religion, and in public spaces.
Sometimes the transition is not fully complete and it is very obvious that someone is working toward a gender switch. At this point, do we ignore what we can obviously see and live by what they want us to perceive? What specific rights should be given for those in that position? If we keep that mindset, will the gender lines be blurred completely? Should people have the right to identify as what they want when it differs from the social norm? What do you think about Target's bathroom policy? Do you know anyone that identifies with a different gender than what they were born with?
In recent times, the controversial subject of abortion has been high in the news. Abortion, is the "ending of a pregnancy by removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus before it can survive outside the uterus" (PPH). The debate has mostly been split into two groups, pro-life and pro-choice. Each of these opinions have their own moral, religious, and personal reasons behind their stance on the subject. The most common argument for the pro-life is, that abortion is murder of a human life, that is defenseless, and shouldn't be legal and allowed with no punishments. If people are mature, and capable of having sex, they should be aware of the possibilities that come with sexual intercourse. Pro-choice, on the other hand, argues that it is the right of the woman and her body, and that should never be taken away. Both sides have more points, and ideas to their opinions as well. There has recently been states passing different laws, in some cases causing complete chaos and anger from both sides.
There is a lot that goes into this sensitive subject, but as young adults, we should be able to share our own opinions on controversial subjects in a mature manner. With that being said, what do you think the government should regulate and control for the women's body? Should the laws on abortion be federal or state laws? Will banning all abortions be dangerous to women? Are you personally pro-life, or pro-choice? Why is this topic so controversial and sensitive? What else could communities or the government do to help prevent unwanted pregnancies in the first place?
People have always wanted to alter their physical or biological appearance. While they have been able to do this on certain ways, such as surgery or smaller changes like make up or working out, they have never been able to change their genetic structure. Genome editing is a relatively new process that has come to be a real possibility but like everything, there are several problems that come with it. The positive side to genome editing is that with enough research and practice, it could be used to cure many of the worlds genetic diseases. The process involves taking out a sample of DNA, changing it for the desired affects, and then inserting it back into the person or animal that is being tested. These types of procedures can be used to cure a variety of illnesses such as cancer or other genetic diseases. Apart from that, gene editing could also be used in the future to modify how a person will grow and look. With enough resources, parents would be able to chose their children’s height, hair color, and other physical features.
The main issue that is brought to attention while taking about gene editing is the morality of the situation. Some question if it is right to change what god or biology say a person should look like. Others question if it is completely safe, or if it would lead to disastrous problems such as if they messed up and hurt the person, or since no one knows the long term affect of doing this. What are your opinions on gene editing and if it should be looked into more given the benefits and detriments of it? Should it be used to change physical appearance or only for correcting disease?
We have all heard of the Coronavirus and its recent outbreak originating in Wuhan, China but how serious are these cases? Since the virus' came to light there has been 45,166 cases. Out of these cases the death toll has reached 1,115. Out of the total another 4,784 people have recovered from the sickness completely. Overall a total death rate at around 2%, pretty low. The incubation period is between 2 and 14 days before symptoms begin to appear. The symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other hospitals recorded muscle aches, pneumonia, and nausea. Though this may sound frightening still about 80% of those people who died from the 2019-nCoV were over the age of 60 and 75% of people who died had pre-existing medical problems such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes. The illness is nothing compared to the amount of people that die from seasonal flu symptoms. Every year the flu kills an estimated 290,000 to 650,000 people.
When I first started researching the topic I thought that that virus was a larger national problem then it really is. Like many other things that the media and news outlets cover it was blown up to scare the general public. Through news stories, memes, and hearing news I had began to worry slightly about the illness. My questions for you include; Had you heard of the Coronavirus? How big of a problem did you believe it to be? Did you know any statistics? Is there any other time that you imagined a problem larger than it was because of news and other sources?
It takes a village to raise a child and through socialization they become unique and personalized. Each and every individual possess qualities that are solely their own. The world tends to focus on the negative; what is wrong and what will go wrong. When individuals see this negativity, in TV shows, news articles, social media, and everyday life, they tend to focus on it as well and confine the unique areas of their personality.
The countless individuals that raise children have a monumental impact on that child’s life and help determine the person they will become. Social influence has both positive and negative impacts on everyone’s life. For children, they want to feel loved and belong, if they are rejected and broken by those around them, they will lose their sense of self and be confused on right and wrong, not understanding their personality or their abilities.
What are some of the worst ways the world suppresses uniqueness? At what point does a child lose their innocence? Why is it easier for children to have confidence than adults? What are some of the unique attributes that you possess? Do you find it hard to have confidence and stay positive from day-to-day?