March 9, 2011
The ability to think critically and incorporate decision making abilities into one’s judgment rely upon factors that are consistently joined in the human experience. The authors of the primary text in this course refer to critical thinking as several abilities. All these abilities have one common factor. That factor is the understanding of how decision making is effective. To understand critical thinking one must not only realize the attributes but also the benefits of possessing the qualities of a critical thinker. Also, one must be able to incorporate this understanding into their present working atmosphere.
The authors of the e-text, state that critical thinking is comprised of three things. First, a critical thinker must have an awareness of a set of interrelated critical questions. Second, the ability to ask and answer critical questions at appropriate times is crucial. Finally, the thinker must desire to actively use the critical questions. (p.4).I would like to add to this definition. The key to all these habits is questions. One must question the obvious and accepted, in order to derive a higher form of understanding. Questions can happen for many reasons. We question to understand a situation, and the facts and opinions that surround it. We question to reapply the accepted and understood in hopes of finding a realization that will sharpen our perspective on a particular topic. We also question to form an argument upon which a foundation of dialog may exist and grow. By asking questions, “a spirit of curiosity, wonder, and intellectual adventure…” is created.(p.3). This becomes a true melting pot from which critical questions and the decisions made beyond those questions come from. (more…)
December 20, 2010
We have come to think of the internet as a place of anonymity. A place where we can lose ourselves for a few hours and do things we could not normally do. We can study the world news without it being filtered for the “American” view. We can learn how to make all sorts of items using knowledge that only privileged members of our military know. We can have an entirely new life-style on the internet. Unfortunately, the freedom to do every one of the things I listed above is rapidly disappearing. From watching what you download, to installing software without your, various companies and government agencies are monitoring your every move on the internet.
When most of the world’s internet users surf the internet, they experience what has become all too common in today’s digital world, spam. Unsolicited advertising (also known as spam) is taking over the internet. This spam comes in many forms. It ranges from junk e-mail to the less obvious hidden programs that install themselves on a computer.
Spam e-mail is a multi-million dollar industry. This is due to the fact that there are billions of e-mails sent daily to unsuspecting victims. If only one out of every thousand people answer these e-mails it still constitutes enormous revenue for the companies responsible. Some companies have tried to create so called spam-blockers. The problem with this approach is that spam is almost completely unidentifiable to a computer. The computer reads all e-mail as e-mail and therefore cannot successfully filter any one type of e-mail from another. (more…)
October 25, 2010
The new age is upon us, and with it has come new ideas in areas such as education. Cyber schooling is a new educational option available (R., Barb). Cyber home schooling can hold many benefits to a child that public or private schooling cannot. Although home schooling a child has been around for quite some time, the idea of letting the child learn on his or her own, over the internet, is a rather large accomplishment.
The country’s first online secondary school is not a regular public school, though it is funded by public dollars. It’s not a private school either, though it operates largely outside the realm of state regulations and district polices. Rather, it is a new kind of school, a sort of public/private hybrid known as a charter school. Charter schools are independent, results-oriented, publicly funded schools or choice designed and run by teachers or others under contract with a public sponsor. Teachers, parents, social service organizations, or others develop a contract, or charter, to convert an existing school to a charter school or start a new one. The organizers then seek a sponsor, a local school board, state board of education, State University, or some other public entity, to determine if the school is worth approving and to make sure approved schools abide by the charter terms. If a school fails to live up to its promises, particularly those addressing student performance, the charter may be revoked (Buechler). Now if we take this explanation and add a computer and the Internet, we have Cyber Charter Schools. (more…)
September 22, 2010
The continuity of Jesus Christ through history has been shown in many examples all through the community. These are the people (who we learned this semester) who I consider maintained the teachings of Jesus Christ. Paul and Barnabus’s first missionary journey was to spread and preach the word of God, but was not warmly received by the Jews. Silas and Timothy joined Paul on his second missionary journey. Together Paul made three journeys around the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea resulting in the establishment of numerous Christian Churches. The story of Blandina’s martyrdom, and her undeniable and courageous strength of faith in Christianity is another example of continuing the Christian tradition. St. Justin (d. 165 A.D.) was the first great Christian apologist known to us by works of any considerable lengths. He attempted to teach and write about the Christian faith, eventually coming to Rome, but was persecuted by his preaching. Athanasius was a great bishop of Alexandria, Egypt who was removed from office five different times but fought resolutely to preserve the truth about Jesus Christ against the Arians. (more…)
September 13, 2010
When it comes to writing an essay there obviously can be no ultimate guideline on how to make it pass. It is all due to the diversity of essay assignments. Their variations are stipulated by the purpose, audience, structure, format, style, etc. And each one of these options requires some specific skills. However the experience of numbers of students trough the years enables us to set out some major points applicable to all essay assignments as general guidelines how to write great essays in college.
First of all before you even get your fingers to keyboard you have to distinguish what kind of essay would that be and what are you aiming at with it. Once you are more or less sure of the purpose and who the readers will be there is a time when you narrow down to specific writing tools and strategies to set and organize the paper in a way ore appealing to the audience. (more…)
September 6, 2010
There are currently two widely accepted scientific theories explaining how planet earth was formed. Creationists believe that God created the heavens and the earth, and that God said let there be light, and there was light. Creationists do not believe that random occurrences of nature sparked the beginning of life as we know it. Creationists believe that God created a fully formed earth, and produced man complete in His image. Evolutionists, on the other hand, believe that the universe exploded from a tiny particle.
The Big Bang Theory is the prevailing scientific theory concerning the origin of the universe. According to the Big Bang Theory, the universe was created sometime between 10 and 20 billion years ago. A massive cosmic explosion released radiation, particles, and clouds of atoms into the atmosphere. Before this tremendous explosion occurred, the total matter and energy of space was contained completely at one point. Evolutionists cannot say however, what existed before this event. The Big Bang caused particles to be thrown outward, and to continue in an expanding nature. After the Big Bang, the universe was very hot, and when it did begin to cool off, that is when the formation of common particles began to form. The particles that formed were what scientists would refer to as the building blocks of matter, photons, electrons, and quarks. Gravity soon took over, and condensed all the atoms into galaxies where stars appeared. A phenomenon that occurs when a star dies and explodes is called a supernova. When the stars exploded they created new types of atoms, which were released back into the galaxy and converged with cosmic dust and molecules. Then these formations condensed to form planets. Many more events took place and bacteria formed on earth, which evolved into the human form we know today. (more…)
August 25, 2010
In the world today, there are two extremely different and distinct sets of values that most people follow. There are religious values, and there are also the ethical values of society. Some people find it important to strictly live by the guidelines of religion, while others feel they need only to obey societies moral codes or ethics. This is a never-ending conflict. Religion and ethics are two very separate entities in the world, and are two forms of values that definitely have opposing views of what is right and wrong. This is why religion and ethics cannot, and will not, ever agree with each other. It is easy to understand how these two sides cannot agree with each other and how they have completely opposing views when analyzing the topics of abortion, war, and homosexuality. (more…)
August 10, 2010
Try to imagine everyday life. Who do you see on television? Who do you see as political leaders? What kind of people do you see working as doctors and lawyers versus the kinds of people you see working at fast food restaurants and as garbage collectors? Who is on the list of the wealthiest Americans? Who do you see living in your neighborhood? Is it racially mixed or segregated? When you think of a criminal who comes to mind? When answering these questions you’ll probably see a pattern. Whites are associated with better job positions, better living conditions, better lifestyles and blacks are associated with things like welfare, crime, poverty, and a reputation for not caring. These assumptions are based purely on how society likes to portray blacks and whites. It is not the African Americans fault that they are portrayed in this way but the fact that they are still being treated differently than whites. There are definitely two societies: a black society and white society and it will probably be that way for a long time. Institutional racism is to blame for the two societies on the basis that African Americans are discriminated against in the realms of education, health care, and criminal justice. (more…)
August 5, 2010
When armistice was signed, there was a going to be another long and arduous struggle, but this times it was to take place around a negotiating table. After the war the toll was grand: 8 million soldiers died, and millions of the survivors were either physically crippled or physiologically damaged. 20 million more died after the war: 5 million from Famine and 15 million more from the flu epidemic. Loved ones had been lost, which pressured politicians to making many wrong decisions. The treaty of Versailles was signed with Germany, besides that: Treaty of St. Germain was signed with Austria, Treaty of Neuilly was signed with Bulgaria, Treaty of Sevre was signed with the Ottoman Empire and later on Treaty of Lausanne with Turkey. ‘We have won the war, now we have to win the peace’ said Georges Clemenceau, but had sustainable peace been achieved?
July 27, 2010
“But the bright little girl soon enough recognizes that the cultivated inner life can be a much more powerful and dangerous weapon with which to repel intruders than any baseball bat. It may be in her diary that she discovers how to keep part of herself back, and to take revenge on those who have wounded what part of her has been exposed. She learns about herself faster than her brother”. This quote was written by Thomas Mallon in 1984. The quote refers to Anne Frank being the “little girl”. I think that Thomas Mallon thought the confessional diary that Anne Frank kept was very powerful. Anne Frank did not need any weapons to fight off her enemies because she had the powers of words. The diary Anne kept did not only disparage her enemies. A lot of the time she would criticize herself and talk about her flaws. The diary was not all bad things either. Anne talked about how she understood her relationship with others. She talks about her personal growth and the development of her private and public self. Anne’s diary was published and soon everyone in the world knew of her secrets. The idea that Anne’s words are more powerful that a bat are supported by all of Anne’s writings, which is as simple as it sounds. (more…)