current events: spotlight on globalization

I.S.4-do you feel a mixture or an absence-SE saturday headlines- GLOBALIZATION

no longer just a theory in power politics. no longer a term reserved for think tanks to consider. globalization is about access to information. modern technology and communication make information- economic, cultural or political- available instantaneously. virtual travel makes the physical borders between nations seem irrelevant. headlines are read by the billions. this is what the current events assignment is about: considering the interconnectedness of all things- events, people, places. what you read and what you write has exponential potential. the consequences are global.

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spotlight on opinion. by- adventureclubviral

spotlight on opinion

Headline: $15.5 million dollar settlement has been reached to compensate a New Mexico man for his treatment behind bars. by- adventureclubviral

on the channel 6 news- stephen slevin was arrested for drunk driving but never convicted in 2005. he was placed in solitary confinement and basically ignored for two years. above are his before and after pictures. so the channel 6 news asks- what do you think?

i think that imprisonment of the innocent is the ultimate tragedy in a society for the people by the people. it is the ultimate opposition to everything the justice system is based upon. time and money are of different currencies. there is no such thing as being repaid or rewarded fairly for such mistakes. no lessons learned. this epitomizes a total failure of the system.

 

spotlight on education. by- adventureclubviral

Headline: Funding Higher Education in Prisons. by- adventureclubviral.

Education is the difference between a life of crime and a productive life?

the state of washington recently proposed a house bill to allow the state department of corrections reallocation of existing education funds to include higher education.

there are many reasons people support proposals like this. education in prison seems to correlate with a reduction in the rate of recidivism- which translates into an overall reduction of crime. former prisoners with a degree have better employment opportunities- which means increased chances for success while trying to integrate back into society. on the inside, directors and teachers note that student prisoners are better behaved, and are made human again by engaging in the structure and cognitive challenges that academia provides.

for both taxpayers and state officials though, the cost of higher education in prison draws deep dividing lines. right now in washington state, federal grants and other private resources are what pay for in-prison degree programs. a lot of voters will look at this bill and immediately oppose that their money go into education for criminals. simply put and hard to argue- especially as public education for our children continues to suffer. further evidence shows the average cost per year per prisoner is in the ballpark of $20,000, whereas the annual cost of a student lucky enough to attend a state college is below $10,000. taking what they will from these sorts of statistics, voters are not overly eager about financial support for the incarcerated. anyway- this particular legislation is not about extracting more money from taxpayers- it is about making available already existing funds to the correctional institutions- empowering those with the jobs to rehabilitate, correct, and prepare prisoners to function in society upon release.

i find it an interesting cycle. many of those that end up in prison are the failures of education in the first place. the uneducated, the poor and the racial minorities dominate the population behind bars in this country. and although they are removed from society to repent for their crimes- they are supposed to be in an environment of correction. notorious is the expression holding cell- and really- are we turning the locks and turning our backs all the same? prison is not a black hole of punishment from which there is no return. if it was- we should just lock them up and throw away the key. rather, prison is an interim. a time and space for criminals to rehabilitate because eventually they will be released. prisons are crowded and dangerous- obstacles enough for those who try to clean themselves up and prepare for another chance at the real world. but 70% of them will end up going out and committing another crime and half of them will end up back in prison within three years. education might be a bright light in a dim place.

also worth mentioning in this cycle is that there are plenty of parents among those incarcerated. when they reunite with them upon release are they able to set any better example to their children? imagine children that are proud of a father for his college level achievements in prison. imagine they are inspired to take their own education more seriously and want to attend college themselves. it might not be such a stretch.

i have always found tragic comedy in the fact that some people might actually consider prison a place of comfort. the state provides a bed, three meals, a television, a library, maybe some protection from a life on the streets and yeah maybe even a shot at college. the disparity is sad and true. anyway…

current events: spotlight on opinion

 opinion headlinethursday headlines- OPINON

listen to somebody voice their opinion on the radio. watch a group of somebodies defend or make an attack of their opinions on television. read between the lines of an opinion article. turn it upside down and inside out. express your opinion of an opinion.

pay attention to the present. invite your awareness to the wider world. catch up with the current of events. view details about the current events assignment.

current events: spotlight on youth and education

education headline wednesday headlines- YOUTH AND EDUCATION

one of the most controversial topics of all time- whether newsworthy and notable, hopeless or progressive, frustrating yet inspiring- is education.  speak to anyone, read anything, research to the ends of the earth, through the annals of history… and you will probably realize that education is a timeless question and its solution is a consistently inconsistent topic of current events. report on something regarding the education of today for the youth that is our future.

pay attention to the present. invite your awareness to the wider world. catch up with the current of events. view details about the current events assignment.

spotlight on religion. by- adventureclubviral

religion headline responseHeadline: U.S. Catholics see a Church out of Touch.  by- adventureclubviral.

how important is the papacy to U.S. Catholics? not as important as it used to be, according to the recent new york times poll. even as the world awaits a new pope it is possible to remain impassive about who he is and what his teachings are. it seems that so many of the “difficult moral questions” at stake aren’t those to which the pope can ultimately answer.

many Catholics reject much of the dogma. the church’s stance- whether on gay marriage, birth control or female priests- doesn’t matter to those Catholics that prefer to pick and choose. according to the poll, sixty three percent of Catholics are in favor of legalizing gay marriage which is interestingly higher than Americans as a whole- only fifty three percent.

there must be something said of the practicing of religion at the convenience of ones own conscience but still considering oneself among the faithful. i have heard the term loyal opposition but to me it just seems to reflect mild indifference. and who can blame them? people adapt to their societies, knee deep in the trenches, so to speak. and they view the pope as an ancient, distant figure on a paternal throne, dictating lives of which they have no experience living.

where exactly do holy Catholic values meet with with american moral rights? where do religious teachings intersect with modern issues? where does the church end and the state begin? and to what model of bridging the gaps can the faithful rely on when love thy neighbor turns into abuse young boys?

current events: spotlight on religion

catholic church philippines tuesday headlines- RELIGION 

religion may pertain to a collection of beliefs or practices. religion might be understood as a community effort to identify with shared beliefs, rites and practices. ancient traditions, items as totems and the worship of gods may be included in some definition of religion. or maybe religion is about personal convictions, enlightenment, rights and the spirit of inquiry. no matter your perception of one of the most pervasive, permeable issues in the history of humans- read something contemporary about it. write about it. share it via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com

pay attention to the present. invite your awareness to the wider world. catch up with the current of events. view details about the current events assignment.

current events: spotlight on the rich and the famous

current events- rich and famous

 monday headlines- THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS

browse your sources of news and aim to investigate the rich or the famous. maybe you catch up on the tabloids, the hollywood stars or financial scandals. maybe you pick up a copy of Fortune magazine and take notes on a how to get rich quick article. maybe you read a feature in a foreign newspaper about a famous leader and you reconsider famous to mean little more than notorious and that to be rich comes from being corrupt.

pay attention to the present. invite your awareness to the wider world. catch up with the current of events. view details about the current events assignment.

assignment: current events

the current events assignment

the news of the world is incessant- bold headlines from page one, or just in on the six o’clock television. up to date coverage– lighting up the computer screens, tablet screens, or the smartest phone screens. breaking stories– filling mailboxes, flooding inboxes, finding ways into magazines, or becoming the stuff of books. hot off the press– giving the fire to the kindle and the beat to the beat boxes…

 what headlines are you hearing and what do you think? what is important and worth the ink? how much is fluff? what is true? what sources do you turn to? are you out of touch or do you know too much? why should you bother to or why are you not… paying attention?

this week, adventureclubinteractive assigns you to pay attention to the headlines and express your opinions on the current events of the world! each day we will suggest a new category. find an article based on the respective category in your local or national, foreign or international, newspaper or magazine, online journal or publication. use any source- as long as it is current to date.  read the article and write a reflection. maybe it is an opinion piece. maybe a rebuttal. maybe you write a letter to the editor sort of response. feel free to come up with a different style, entirely your own.

maybe you are a news junkie or a creature of habit- so use this assignment as an opportunity to try reading from (gulp!) new sources this week. or for those noses that travel no farther than one section of the newspaper, let the adventure be in reading a new section for a week. your opinions may surprise you and we can’t wait to hear them!

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please submit your completed assignments throughout the week or in totality by sunday march 10th via email: adventureclubinteractive@gmail.com