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The Ecology of Democracy, Chapter 6 - Your point of view - 2

Hello Everyone,

Our classroom discussions have centered on a chapter you were assigned from The Ecology of Democracy.

This is a gentle reminder that your posts and responses are due by Monday, November 27th by midnight. Keep in mind, you are to write a well thought-out, meaningful reflection paper about your group project  and respond to two of your classmates papers, for a minimum total of three posts.

Remember, we are interested in your original thoughts and ideas! This assignment is designed to get you to think critically and engage in a civil discussion with your classmates about the democratic process of problem solving as it relates to you in the classroom and in the community.

Please do not wait until the last minute; post early and often. Each post will be graded based on the quality of the content. Your post should cover some aspect of the chapter you are reading including the problem, process, program and projected outcome. Please use this link to enter the website http://ecologyofdemocracy.org/.

You will make your posts in the classroom conversations area; under the thread The Ecology of Democracy Your point of View-2. You can also receive up to 20 points extra credit by answering the thread question: How do you understand the role of citizens or the citizenry in a democracy?  If you have not registered, you will need to do so. Feel free to catch me in class or shoot me an email if you have any questions.

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UGaulin's picture

Anyone suffering from domestic abuse definitely needs an outlet to express their feelings and talk about their experiences. Allowing for victims of domestic abuse to use art as their outlet is wonderful idea. I think that the group did a great job of creating a safe, comfortable spot for these victims to come to and feel heard or understood through their artwork. Not only did this group provide for them a platform to express their feelings, but the idea to give jobs to those who need the extra money is brilliant as well. Domestic abuse is not spoken about and brought to the light as much as it should be. Their are too many men, women, and children who suffer daily and are scared of their own homes but feel trapped because they do not know how to get help. I think that your groups plan for helping the victims is very thoughtful.

ULeflore's picture

The issue that my group and I were assigned was racism, a problem that has plagued individuals throughout history in many different forms. Racism can be blatant or in the form of a microaggressions, which are simple actions or words that are done almost like a reflex, that are subtle, and not noticeable unless one is paying close attention. Two words that people use every day and are commonly deemed as interchangeable are discrimination and prejudice. Both words have two distinct meanings, as discrimination deals with actions and prejudice with attitudes, are both forms of racism. As a society, we all face the same problems but experience them differently, but for some, skin color is a defining characteristic that cannot be changed, and those in the majority may assume that a certain racial group will be behave and act a certain way because of their racial background. An issue like racism fundamentally hinders the ecology of democracy as it limits the freedoms, equity and security of minorities. Which can result in a lower quality of life for a significant group of people. Something as simple as race is not allowing innovations to be made, and is holding us back because people are too close minded to look past skin color which one has no control over.

The point of our in-class assignment was supposed to focus on reducing, stopping and advocating for the importance of our issues. Defining what that issue is which is a key component in solving a problem as the way a problem is defined, can be crucial to the solution, as mentioned in the Chapter 6 of the Ecology of Democracy. The way an issue is branded can have effects on the way it is perceived and help or counter the issue itself. The process to resolve an issue can be very difficult as the period to proceed with the process can be rather lengthy.  Especially, when the process is dependent on a grant, funding, or money from the government; when every single penny is accounted for and is tracked to make sure it is properly being used.

The way of countering racism that my group thought of was to do a raw documentary that was personable as well as informative to its viewer. So that those in the audience can see firsthand accounts of racism and how hurtful and long lasting the effects can be whether that is emotionally, physically or financially and the lasting effects it can have. We were also encouraged to fit within our budget, using reasonable means to do so including partnering with existing charities and other groups. We chose to partner with other groups using their equipment, hired a producer and, got funding from businesses and partnered with a local movie theatre to show our film. All this collaboration was needed to create one documentary, many different minds and artists were needed to work together to create a vision.

My groups hope for our projected outcome was inclusion, the exact opposite of singling out a group of people, but to instead bring people together. Relating to our issue of racism and our advocacy for inclusion and the light and positivity that it brings. Much like the website that this is being posted on which promotes collaboration and inclusion of all races. In this case the internet is being used as a platform to have discussions and to share ideas to get perspectives from all around the world, that does not to ignore skin color all together, but acknowledges and appreciates each other's cultural differences understanding that everyone is a piece of the worlds collective puzzle, offering different perspectives and skill sets. When the mindset of humanity changes, and institutional racism which systematically puts minorities back is eradicated the quality of human life will be changed and we will be able to reach towards a better loving and compassionate society.

 

Ubrown's picture

I completely agree with your statement that racism hinders the ecology of democracy. Doing a "raw documentary" is what I think people need to see, because sometimes we sugar coat things but on a serious issue like racism, there should be no sugar coating. People say "sometimes the truth hurts" and the truth about racism hurts, so a raw documentary is perfect. I love your last sentence that says "when the mindset of humanity changes", that's all it is, is the mindset of people and once we change the way we think, the world can change, we won't be so judgemental and opinionated. A better loving and compassionate society is what we need!

UJones's picture

I think that making a documentary to show would be a step in the right direction to solve the issue of racism and discrimination. And I think you are also right to make sure that it comes across as “personable”, because so many other films or projects about this issue can easily come across as condescending or preachy. When trying to create inclusion, it needs to feel like a conversation that the filmmaker is having with the audience, rather than another lecture about why racism is bad. And a personable documentary would be something that could easily be shared and spread until it reaches a much further audience and sparks an even larger conversation about the importance of inclusion and diversity in America.

UCampana's picture

I like when you mentioned your group's issue of racism, you talked about how it often is not "noticeable unless one is paying close attention". I think as a society it is important to be able to be able to step in someone else's shoes and think about the world as they might see it. If we as people can understand how everyone might view one opinion, it would be the best way to make a decision. People often do not realize the effects of their actions, and showing a documentary focusing on the long-term effects is a great way of opening the eyes of the population. 

Uwhalen's picture

The fact that racism still exists in 2017 blows my mind.  It makes me sick to look at the news and see another hate crime committed against a particular race, or another white supremecist rally.  The bigotry in this country is a serious problem that is only holding us back.  As soon as we as a collective society can wake up and see that we are all a part of the human race, we can truly start making progress.  

N alkhadrawi's picture

   In my Lets go art classthis semester, our professor assigned us a group work in the art class with a scenario to work out within the group of five students. The group members were from different cultures and personalities and unique skills and processes. The requirements was that each of the group work were to choose an artwork they would work on in the basis on the using the arts to solve scenario and after that they would represent that into the class.

In my group members came together and they stared at each other for a couple of minutes before one volunteer who was later named to be leading the team came up with an idea of how to solve the issue of racism in schools. The issue of racism stereotype has taken long and it has become one of major concern in some areas where there are kind of discrimination based on the gender, sex and social class. The team member in my group all agreed to take this scenario and we prepare for the presentation.

The idea was to use arts in trying to get the problem and finding the solutions to the issue. Each member was therefore given task assignments which were broken down among the team into small assignments. Team leader of the group picked the problem facing our community on the issue of racism and our task as arts students was now to look for solutions how we can solve it using the arts. For this project to be complete, we were asked to propose some processes and program and a clear projection resulted in how we can use arts to solve the situations. However, to have clear undertaking on this program or project, we were to read a book “Ecology of Democracy” chapter six. This was a guide on how to use the material to help us achieve the group task.

Thus, our step to the project was that group member took time to understand the problem. The project task was about the increased levels of racism in schools and how we would use arts to solve it. Like in the book, each group was given a problem and they had to figure out how they would come up with solutions to solve it. The problem for my team was so good since we all came from different cultural background and thus I was so happy to have this and now we would talk and argue about the issue of racism and how bad it is within the schools. We shared a lot about this topic since we have some kind of knowledge of history classes and some of the group members were aware of how the issue of racism has become.

The team leader of the group shared a lot of experiences and we wrote them as other members started to give their points and the discussion went on and on. As in the chapter six books, it says a good discussions come clear when there is a deliberations as people share and exchange ideas. The process involved in our deliberation was a brainstorming one and members were so happy that we had such huge ideas to present to our class. We agreed on ideas and how to implement solutions using the arts. The team agreed that they will use all the profits made to try to enlighten the community about the dangers of racism.

The team also, proposed a projected outcome to raise awareness about the increased concerns about discirimnation and stigmatization on the racism. There are dangers that come with this. The end results were so good that the budget went down and we managed to work on the idea we had proposed. I really liked working with this team and after this we were able to make friends and we could share a lot from each other. It was for a better course to have worked in a team.

Ukcollins's picture

Our group's problem was drug abuse. Our company was a design company that did architecture for Cedar Point. We decided that the best way to help drug abuse in our community was to build a rehab. Our process was collaborative and we all had little ideas that would help put the rehab together. We first decided that we would fund most of the rehab by using profits from Cedar Point's ticket sales from the current year. To fund the rest of our project, we agreed on using sponsors such as TRUTH to help rase awareness and money for our rehab. Also, we decided that our patients, who would be receiving treatment from us,  would help us get the rehab together.  They would work off at building the rehab instead of paying to stay there. Also,  we were collaborating with other rehabs and some homeless shelters to help with supplies we made need and funding. 

In our program,  we would allow the patients to go through art therapy, have speaking circles where they could share their experiences and they would learn new coping mechanisms to help overcome their addictions. Our projected outcome was that we wanted to decrease the amount of drug abusers in our community and maybe even increase the amount of recoveries in our community.  We would want the patients to feel at home and even allow them creative expression when deciding what extra activities they would like to participate in. Communication and collaboration go hand in hand when it comes to a democracy.  I feel that it is challenging to overcome things in a community and it would definitely take time. I also believe that the first step is collaboration. In familiarity, citizens find strength. Collaboration between people who share the same goals and difderent ideas can be the first step to changing a community for the better. 

ukelsey's picture

I agree with what you said about colaboration. I feel that without collaboration that nothing would get done and that we wouldnt be able to make anything better without new ideas especially different ones from people. 

Ubrown's picture

I find it very cool that you guys kind of went outside the box and were the company that did Cedar Point. Also that some of your funds would come off the tickets, smart idea. I like that those in rehab can work to get the building together instead of paying to be in the institution. Overall, this was a great way to help the issue of drug abusers.

Uabueita's picture

I like your idea of the speaking circles. This will help people realize to methods to quit and can potentially lead to a decrease in these addictions. Very thoughtful solution from your group. Although addictions are one of the hardest things to overcome, these ideas could have a very strong impact on these people. Very good solution:)

Uwilson's picture

I really enjoyed reading your process, it was very detailed and well-thought-out. Giving your patients the oppurtunity to earn their stay by helping to build the rehab is great. Not only would it motivate the people to help out, it would also save you money by not having to pay as many people. I also like the idea of you doing art therapy and speaking circles. Activies such as these really makes a difference in how people recover from their addictions.

Ugregor's picture

I think it's an awesome idea to build a rehab to help reduce drug addiction.  Being a design company for cedar point would not be an easy company to fight against drug abuse.  I like that you thought out of the box and decided to just start a gofundme outside of your actual work business, and that when you got enough money from that and your sponsors, you guys would build that.  I'm glad you already have an idea as to what the rehab would be like also.  What a great way to combat drug addiction in your community.

N halmatro's picture

 

In mine lets go art class group work, we were assigned a group project which we were to pick a given problem and within the group we were to come up with solutions on how to use the arts and solve the community. The groups were randomly picked and thus members of team members didn’t have previous relationship or friendship. This mean, they comprised members with unique thoughts and different cultural background.  The requirements for each group is that, it was to get a problem that affects the community and as arts institution were to come up with budget proposals and solutions to the problem.

The group were to pick an art and present it with a budget proposal. My team members sat and deliberated on the topic and one of team members volunteered and we would later name him to be team leader. The team agreed with the ideas exchanged about the art which was handed on museum center.  The team was given the problem of “racism” and we picked this. This is a topic that has created a lot of problems from the community and thus we would propose some kind of project to use arts to solve it.

The team were to come up with processes, program and small budget plan and outcome on the solutions. To make the project work easier, we were asked to read on the book “ ecology of democracy” this would guide us in planning and completing the project. The first step from my team was to understand the problem given so that we could come up with ideas as a group. The issue of racism has created cases of discrimination based on gender, class and sex among other issues. The team budget was about twenty thousand dollars and we would propose a plan on how we could use the money to deal with the problem.

The book on the ecology of democracy talked about the deliberation and how as a team, we would sit together and come up with a discussion. Our team leader started throwing out ideas and the team got into the discussion and argument here and there and we came up with very good ideas about the problem. We came with the suggestion that we can start a public awareness to make people understand how this problem and how they can reduce it.

Second step was to use some part of the funds and visit the affected areas and talk to a victim of racism and make them feel loved within the community. This would involve giving them some funds which we come up with a foundation which get the profits from our plan. The team came up with a name of the  program which we were guided by the chapter six books that, a name can help people connect with a cause. This would help the community around to associate with  a name we came up. Some members proposed same name of  the project and we agreed that some names were sensitive we would reject some and finally we come with a good name. By this time, I was getting happy that a team can argue and come with a common solution on something.

The team most agreed solution was to increase awareness in the community and this formed our main agenda. How much will be needed and who and when should do. Team through a lengthy deliberative as guided by the book. Agreed and we went on with a plan. The budget plans went as we agreed and we ended up saving some money, which founded the support money.

Throughout the group work, we got along with each other and we become good friends. Though we were working for class grade, the relationship of working together and using arts to solve a community problem was so great. I enjoyed it all.

Hussain Almatrook

ntay's picture

I really like how you brought up the fact that we were not able to choose our groups, because this forced us to work with people who we didnt know, and we all had to agree on things for our project in order for us to get a good grade. we all worked together well though,  I liked that. I see that your group problem was racism, I would like to know more about it, and how you guys plan to help the victims and how you can prevent racism from happening to other kids. how will you teach people and kids that racism is not ok?

Nwalker's picture

I also really like how you mentioned that the groups were random. We were thrown together in groups and had to make sure big decisions with people we did not really know. This seemed like it would be difficult, but it went smoothly. Being the director of a group was a lot of pressure as well, because everyones grades were in your hands, and so everyone was counting on you to do the best. I know you mentioned that the main focus was to come together and solve a community problem. Even though there was some bumps in the road, everyone did come together as one to o what was best for the community, all strangers coming together which is awesome. It really does make you think about how important getting involved can be, and can give you a a bigger picture on how many people need help throughout. 

Uwhalen's picture

            Despite America being a first world country, a leader in economic output and global exchange, and, according to some, “the greatest country in the world,” it still cannot seem to provide adequate shelter for over half a million citizens.  We all know homelessness is a problem, but just how big of a problem is it?  While it is impossible to know the exact number of homeless people in America, on any given night, it is estimated that 550,000 to over 1 million people is without a home.  Considering America’s astronomical government budget of $4.094 trillion for the 2018 fiscal year, and its unfathomable GDP of about $18 trillion, it is difficult to believe that there are still homeless people in our country.  So why hasn’t homelessness been eradicated by now?  There are several factors contributing to the continual issue of homelessness, two of which include a lack of public information and a lack of public involvement, which are highlighted in Chapter 6 of David Matthews’ The Ecology of Democracy

            Matthews opens this chapter with his personal belief that Americans need to work together to solve the “truly wicked problems” that democracy unfortunately stands in the way of solving. This was the idea behind my group’s project on homelessness.  The hypothetical premise: We are a local film production team that has been given $5,000 from the mayor to use our skills to combat homelessness in the community of Flint, Michigan.  Because out budget was so small, our original goal of building a homeless shelter was out of the question.  We decided to use our film equipment to make a documentary about the homeless population in Flint, focusing on the lives and struggles of homeless people, what they have learned over their lifetimes, and what they would like to be doing if they had the means.  The aim of this documentary was to not only raise awareness for Flint’s homelessness issue, but to bring humanity to the homeless, a group of people who are not often treated with respect or compassion. 

            One of the ways in which our project connects with Chapter 6 is the fact that regardless of political views, homelessness is an issue citizens can come together to solve.  As Matthews explains, the individual imperatives needed by all human beings are food, water, and shelter, shelter being the specific imperative we focused on.  “…When making difficult decisions today, people will often call to mind the things that are fundamental to their well-being” (Matthews).  This means that, in theory, when voting on legislation, budget distribution, et cetera, voters will keep in mind the vital necessity of shelter, more specifically, a home, for people to have.  Matthews hopes to encourage that the things beneficial to the collective well-being are common and beneficial to most everyone.  Everyone wants a home, everyone wants to be safe from danger, and everyone wants to live somewhere they are proud of.  That being said, the general public could do more for the homeless, who share the common need for a home. 

            Matthews understands that one of the biggest reasons for the lack of problem-solving in our country is the reluctance of people to “get off the sidelines.”  The shortage of community participation and involvement is detrimental to problems that could be easily alleviated if people simply tried to fix them.  So how can we convince people to take action?  Matthews claims the missing link may be a connection between those seemingly daunting problems and things people know and love.  He says, “Getting people off the sidelines may be less a matter of arousing the indifferent than making connections with the things people already care about.”  Keeping this in mind, our group hoped to spark these connections by showcasing the hopes, dreams, and fears of homeless people, causing viewers to realize that their hopes, dreams, and fears are very much the same. 

            In sum, the the importance of getting the community actively involved in public issues relates to our group’s homelessness issue.  The Ecology of Democracy highlights the necessity of creating a common goal everyone can work towards, or else nothing will get done.  If we put aside political views and solve problems to better the general public, our communities will prosper. 

UJones's picture

 

I completely agree with your solution for homelessness. If people felt like they themselves had a specific connection with a homeless person, then the stigma that surrounds those in that situation would slowly disappear. Whereas right now, when people see a homeless person, they assume that they are a drug addict, are lazy, or just assume that they aren’t doing everything that they could be. If everyone felt connected to them instead, then more and more people would be willing to help those people out.

Nalhisan's picture

after the project it motivate me to give something to the homeless even if it was something simple to us it means alot to them 

UWilkins's picture

In my UNV 100 class we were split up into groups and each group had a different community issue that they had to solve using an art organization. My group first started out thinking about what kind of art organization our group wanted to be. There was many to choose from, we could have been a museum, theater group, Film Company, advertising company, Movie Theater, and many other things. In the end we agreed to be a movie theater. The issue that was given to us was gang violence prevention. We were given a budget of $25,000 to work with in the beginning it then went down to $5,000 because of budget cuts. We than started to come up with ideas on how to solve this problem.

 Our process started out with coming up with a few ideas on how to solve gang violence in the Flint community. As a group we decided that we could not solve the problem completely but we could bring light to the situation. We would show a movie that showed gang violence in a community and how it hurts the community. All tickets would be one price and the money generated by the tickets would go to a program that already exist that helps get people off the streets and away from gangs.

We discussed using the $5,000 to help advertise on local radio stations and social media. We would also put up flyers around the community for those that do not have a radio or are not on social media. We would also use some of the money to buy the movie we are showing if we did not already have it. We had a little trouble deciding on a movie only because none of us really knew of any gang movies. In the end we decided on show “Straight Outta Compton” and it would be $10 a ticket.

Our projected outcome for this project is that all the money made by selling tickets would go to an already existing program that helped take kids off the streets and get them on a better path in life. The money would also go to support groups that also helped kids avoid getting into gangs. By donating the money we hope to give people a better chance at a better live and not have them associated with gangs and gang violence.

USymons's picture

I like the idea of showing a film that highlights gang violence. I think by talking about the film and the issue along with showing it could really bring awareness to the issue at hand. Not only that, but by supporting an organization already in the works, you wouldn't have to worry about starting from the bottom. The organization could probably grow immensely with your support. Bringing awareness to issues can bring people together and educate people on areas they might not know much about. I think your groups idea was really great!

NAlshaer's picture

I really like the way how you are going to use the money, and also focucing on people who do not have radio or social media accounts. Another thing that got my attention is that this project makes you come up with a lot of creative ideas.

Ubrown's picture

In the Project of Ecology of Democracy my group had the problem of blight in the city of Flint, Michigan. Blight is the issue of abandoned houses. We decide to be a museum that will display how Flint looked in the past, present and future. The group agreed on not getting the $5000 from the mayor, so our idea was to have people donate and have a Go Fund Me page. Another idea for raising money was that majority of celebrities love giving back to their community, so maybe a celebrity from Flint we can get their attention and hope they make a donation towards our cause.  

To help with the exhibit we would have volunteers, we thought of a way to keep people motivated to volunteer. The group decided that volunteering can be counted as community services hours for those who need it, like students or those who just want to get hours. We also had the Keep Genesee County Beautiful and Broad organization help us. The first organization focused on making clean and sustainable neighborhoods in Flint and Broad is based on the same thing trying to accomplish community improvement.  

Our overall goal, was to clear the area and make it look better. So if the house was too damaged we would tear it down, but if it was worth saving we would build the house back up.  My group believed that the museum will bring light to the Blight situation, and those who live in Flint will want to help us change the city around. Once everyone is on one accord, the improvements in the city should take place in no time. All of us heard of how popular Flint use to be, so we want to make it like that again but better!  

ntay's picture

I really like your idea of showing how Flint looked in the past, present and future. I think that would be really cooI. I also like how you guys are thinking about celebrities who would like to give back. I was thinking about Terry Crews because he is from Flint maybe he'd be someone willing to donate. This almost reminds me of something I did through Teenquest, we went around making neighborhoods in Flint look better, we cleaned up trash, cut down trees and mowed lawns. I like your ideas, good job.

UWilkins's picture

I like how you are going to incorporate the community in the project, along with getting an already existing organization involved as well. One thing that you could have done was keep $5,000 that the government gave you and still raise money to give to Keep Genesee County Beautiful and Broad for them to continue doing the work you started. 

Ukcollins's picture

I think this was a good idea to help blight. There are so many abandoned housing being have way burned down and just borded up. They are taking up space that could become something beautiful. I think your museum company could get more involved by incorporating the blight situation into a show at the useum t inform others about it. This could be a good way to get volunteers. Rebuilding houses takes a lot of hands and money. I think that the more volunteers you hav, the better. I also agree about the way that Flint use to be. It was a well organized and beautiful community at one point and time. Getting rid of the many destroyed houses and buildings would be a very good first step in making Flint beautiful again. At your museum, you could also show some artifcats of what use to be in the motorcity that Flint once was. They would be a great way to giveinspiration to people and make them have a better reason and drive to want to help. Overall, I think you have a good idea, just more detailed planning on th process would take you farther. 

hunter.ludwig's picture

I really like your groups' vision in this project. I especially like how you utilized the volunteers to make people more motivated to engage in their community to make it look and feel better!

UJones's picture

It is not uncommon for kids to feel like they want to do more to give back to their community, or even to just notice there is a problem in it. But it is also not uncommon for young people to get wrapped up into their own personal lives, forgetting about the problems in their community that they could have an impact on. The topic of teenage pregnancy is definitely not a new issue, but it is still an extremely taboo topic. When my group was given the topic of teen pregnancy, we were all immediately in agreement that this would be a very difficult problem to try and solve.

One reason why teen pregnancy is such a complex issue is because there can be so many different reasons why it occurs, and even more why it is never talked about. A teenager could get pregnant because she and her significant other neglected to use protection, or they could have believed that they were really ready to bring another life into the world. But what can often get forgotten is that there are several cases in which a teenager becomes pregnant as a result of rape or molestation, two more extremely taboo topics. So when we were trying to figure out the best and most effective way to attack the problem, we had to be certain that we were not insensitive to those stories or situations.

We had to use our judgement to decide whether the points we wanted to make were actually going to reach our audience. We decided to attack the problem of teen pregnancy by going to different middle and high schools to talk directly to the students. Being young people ourselves however, we knew that there are very few school presentations that actually reach students and make them think. This challenge lead us to decide that there would need to be two different presentations for the middle schools and high schools, because there are different that catch a high schoolers’ attention than a middle schoolers’. The middle schooler presentation was going to focus more on the emotional and social consequences that go along with teen pregnancy, and the high school presentation was to focus on the physical and financial consequences. Both of these presentations would then focus on things that are generally more prominent in the minds of their audiences.

Once we had the topic of the presentations, we then thought about how we wanted to actually deliver the information. I thought initially that this wouldn’t end up being this complicated, but it actually ended up being difficult to decide, at least for me. We initially wanted to just go for a standard Powerpoint presentation and spew facts at the students, but what we didn’t want to happen was that we end up losing the audience. We then played with the idea of doing a more interactive type of presentation, where the kids actually play the role of a pregnant teen, the father, the parents, and other different related characters. But we were then concerned that the parents of the students and the students themselves wouldn’t be comfortable with being that closely involved with the storyline. We did end up deciding to go for a more straight-forward approach, but this was something that I found to be very difficult to decide.

In modern society, it is extremely easy to separate one’s self from the issues that are plaguing society. Universal problems can easily start to look like isolated incidents and freak accidents that aren’t at all connected to each other. But in reality, there is one responsibility that all citizens have in an effective democracy. And that is to pay attention to what is going on in one’s community, and then to do what you can to solve that problem. While we are conditioned to think that the state of our communities is the responsibility of those in power, it is really that of all who are a part of it. And if nobody from within the community cares about the issues that plague it, then what is the real motivation for local officials, or even just other community members, to be involved either.

UWilkins's picture

I agree, teen pregnacy is not a topic that most people like to take about. It is also a topic that should be talked about with teens, that way they know all of the options if they do get pregnant. Especially since now in todays world we are seeing more and more teen pregnacy. 

UWilkins's picture

I agree, teen pregnacy is not a topic that most people like to take about. It is also a topic that should be talked about with teens, that way they know all of the options if they do get pregnant. Especially since now in todays world we are seeing more and more teen pregnacy.