The way we view dying and death is, not surprisingly, culturally determined. Are we open and accepting? In denial? Staving it off for as long as possible? We will spend the first hour considering death and dying in America through a discussion of the short film Northfound.
Our second hour we will look at mental illness in the United States. How it is defined and who is affected.
There is so much we could look at with education..origins of public system, goals, financing, school choice, preschool, higher ed, etc etc etc. We are going to narrow our focus to high school and college.
Primary question: Does education reinforce existing stratification or provide a way to overcome it?
Write a response paper: Summarize both articles and answer the primary question.
And one last thing…pick a paper topic. Where can you find a topic?Check your book – at the end of each chapterLook back over your papers – what were you interested in? What made you mad? Or excited? Or hopeful?Look back over the blog posts – which readings were interesting to you?
There are four functions of prison: deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution and social protection. The threat of prison is supposed to act as a deterrent or discouragement from even committing a crime. The rehabilitation function is to give prisoners the skills they may need to succeed in life outside of prison. The third function is retribution or a sort of payment for crime committed against society. This is like the eye for an eye rule – the criminal took something and now society will take the perpetrator’s freedom. And finally, prisons serve to protect the public from dangerous people. Most researchers agree that where American prisons are the weakest is in the rehabilitation of inmates as indicated by the high recidivism or rearrest rate, see the chart below.
What elements of Hadden prison would you recommend American prisons use to improve the rehabilitation of prisoners? And why (supporting quote or evidence is always appreciated!)
Is it young vs old? Maybe in some ways. In 1970 a large percent of the population was 15 years and younger. This is a society that has to pay attention to children and teens. But as birth rates fall and life spans extend, we are seeing a change in the world age distribution. As the global population becomes less youth heavy what changes do you think we will see?
How will you view your 20s? As extended adolescence with no responsibilities and lots of fun? As a time with few responsibilities and purposeful exploration? Or as a time to begin adulthood with all of its responsibilities?
Paragraph one – Answer the question “How do you view the 20s and why?”Include at least two supporting quotes.
Paragraph two- Based on paragraph one – describe what your 20s will look like. Consider jobs, schooling, living situation, relationships, etc