Education & Society: Logic vs. Creativity

May I ask you, what is your dream job? What are you passionate about?  Does your current job integrate your passions? How about your experience with education? If not, why? I’ve been asking myself this for years. Now it’s been almost twenty years since I graduated high school and I’m doing what I love. However, I’m unable to put in the time that I would like because I have to spend most of my time at the job that pays my bills but is of little interest to me.

Likewise, so many others are experiencing the same ordeal.  More than likely due to our society’s perspective that the only careers worthwhile are those that are money-centric. This indoctrination is present within our current education system and needs to be addressed sooner than later. Fine and performing arts are not credible in the business world and as a result students are taught in school to be more science and business minded. In addition, our country’s financial crisis causes students to attend college acquiring a degree that will lead them to making more money. However, their passion projects are left in the dust and they aren’t as financially prosperous as expected.

That being said, not everyone is unfortunate in this way. Some may excel in the business and logical world. My point is that we are a left brain (logic and reason) dominant society. If our education system embraced both left and right (intuitive and subjective) brain activities as well as diverse styles of learning, students would excel and develop “super learning”. Super learning is the capability to learn and comprehend at a faster rate. Furthermore, I’d like to argue if left and right brain are used equally we’d be more receptive to different styles of learning and career paths. Both hemispheres of our brain should consistently be engaged in order to live our lives at its fullest potential, which by default, our country will thrive as well.

 

Want to learn more on education and society?

Check out G the Rebel and my latest episode of Millennial Logic: Education and Society: Logic vs. Creativity

In addition, here are a couple videos about our education system and creativity as well as, why using 100% of our brain is important.

 

 

 

 

 

New Episode of Millennial Logic: A Call for Unity and Action

 

Millennial Logic Episode 8: A Call for Unity and Action

After a brief hiatus, we’ve returned with a brand new episode of Millennial Logic!  We discuss the current political climate in regard to the transition of power. In addition, we provide strategies on how to move forward in sustaining our human rights. Furthermore, one tactic is coming together as a group and organizing. To learn more, tune in and feel free to comment here, Spreaker, or Soundcloud!

Governing Gone Bad

There appears to be a trend within our generation in regard to the perception of the US government, local, state and federal. It goes without saying that we feel like we can’t trust our government. Recall annual tax season and dreadful mandatory visits to the DMV, we’d rather not bother with it. This has been on my mind for quite some time but recently I was having a conversation with some friends about immigration. Among all of us we could not fathom why it’s so hard to gain citizenship in this country. Especially since this country was built on the back of immigrants. I couldn’t help to notice that a few of my friends chose to shutdown, blame the government and refuse to have anything to do with it. Comments were made such as, “the government is terrible” and “this is why I don’t vote”. While I am able to empathize with these opinions, I feel this way of thinking is not very helpful to the progression of our society.

My point is as much as we don’t want to have anything to do with our government, we can’t just throw our hands up and turn the other way. If we are truly fed up, we must fight fire with fire and revolutionize. We are the generation to lead the world to social justice as long as we stay motivated. That being said, how can we do this and what makes a government great at their job?

 

The Importance of Local/State Government

Check out Good Governance Guide to read detailed information on the characteristics and methods of a good government. While this in fact is an Australian based website, I believe the ideas presented are useful for any governed nation. The key points associated with good governance are: (1) transparency within the policy process and (2) legislation must be created with the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in the community in consideration. In order for us as a community to ensure that our local, state and federal government are practicing good policy we need to be aware of who we place in office and be more present in general. With this in mind, I want to present two examples that demonstrate poor public policy and our inability to participate in the political process. Here’s governing gone bad:

  1. Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana Purchase

In 2008, Bobby Jindal was sworn into office as the governor of Louisiana. At that point in time, Louisiana had a surplus of $1 billion and by the end of Jindal’s two terms, Louisiana’s economy is at a $1.6 billion deficit. It is so bad that Jindal’s successor, John Bel Edwards (democrat), came forth with a public service announcement (video below) expressing how detrimental this situation is. A lot of public services may be defunded and not available. What gets me the most is the possible shut down of state universities and colleges. Children and young adults are paying the price of Jindal’s financial irresponsibility. Jindal gets to leave office while the state and the people are left suffering and scurrying to find ways to alleviate this problem. Furthermore, I was surprised that while researching this particular issue there was not a lot of information out there. You would think this epidemic would be everywhere being that Jindal attempted to run for president.

 

  1. Flint Michigan – The Water

Here’s how Flint’s water crisis happened – CNN Video

CNN’s Sara Ganim explains the story behind the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

I cannot begin to express how devastating the Flint water crisis is. The people should be able to trust their local/state government when it comes to the basic necessities of life. Unfortunately, in Genesee county, Michigan it is not the case. Due to lack of transparency and the inability of the local and state government to inform their residents of possible contaminants within the water, families are suffering throughout the county. In addition, the government officials absolutely disregarded the wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in the city, that being children (6,000-12,000 exposed). The state’s decisions will affect these people for the rest of their lives.

I will briefly explain the aspects surrounding the crisis, likewise, I will provide links with more detailed information. The water crisis in Flint, MI is a contamination of “treated” water. The city of Flint changed their water source from Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) to Flint River. The water tested at the Flint Water Plant showed acceptable low levels of contamination. However, once the water traveled through the pipes into homes and buildings the water was in fact contaminated due to corrosion within the pipes which caused lead to leak into the water. This began as early as April 2014. Flint returned to DWSD as a water source in October 2015, however so many residents have been affected that Michigan has been in a state of emergency since January 5, 2016. Naturally, the people have a right to know who’s responsible and hold them accountable. This is an on-going investigation and thus far, four government officials have resigned and one has been fired.

 

To sum this up, it’s important to point out that both governors, Snyder and Jindal, attempted to save money without taking into consideration the impact it would have on their community. In fact, these poor choices resulted in the state having to spend even more money, as well as asking the federal government to bail them out. Furthermore, this is an eye-opener to the fact that we were right about not trusting our government and with this in mind we should not look the other way but in fact be present within the governmental process.

We can do this by participating in town hall meetings, visiting our local public office and just by simply doing research on our community leaders. In addition, some local offices have incorporated online participation in the form of public opinion surveys and live web-streamed meetings for our convenience. Here is a link to retrieve contact information for state and local government.

Donate!

Flint Michigan:

HELP for FLINT

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Louisiana:

Help Louisiana GoFundMe

 

FDA banning Trans Fat! Finally!

Sometimes, actually probably most of the time, it can be difficult to be healthy in this country. The amount of health related issues that we have in this country is quite alarming, and one of the biggest contributing factors is the food we eat. I know do not need to go into any details about how to be healthy, eat right, etc. But the FDA banning Food Manufacturers from using trans fat is a big move!!

I am extremely happy that the FDA finally looked at all the health problems that are linked to trans fat and made the call. Really, nobody can challenge this decision. The evidence is there. Just like all the corruption and greed that we see in politics and corporations for money, we do not spend much time talking about how greed can play a role in the food industry. Maybe it is a bit extreme to say that some people involved in the food industry are greedy, but it is not different than what we normally talk about. Trans fat is another additive within food that enhances flavor, thus making people want to consume more, thus making them go buy more, and jackpot! Money; they are balling out the gym. All this done knowing that it is linked to heart disease, obesity, and other health issues.

FDA, you are doing a great service to Americans by banning this harmful substance that has contributed to many health problems. However, that being said, your work is far from done. There is so much more in our food that is harmful besides just trans fat, like artificial preservatives and such. Also, some of the ways are food are prepared are issues as well.

Do us a favor, FDA, and keep on banning harmful substances in our foods. Special request from the Rebel.