HHS245 W 1 Social Problems
HHS245 W 1 Social Problems
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Social Problems 1) Brain drain we are losing our scientists, engineers, and critical thinkers en masse. No social problems will be resolved without people who can critically address them. For example, the USDA expects to lose up to 70% of its veterinarians due to retirement within 1525 years. These are the people ensuring the safety of the nation's food supply. Very few are stepping up to take their place. Promising young medical researchers are turning to China and India. The nation's school kids think science is too much like hard work. We've made it extremely difficult for talented young scientists from other countries to get into ours. And so on. 2) Education, education, education. It's not about "standards" and test scores, it's about being able to apply knowledge, and creating lifelong learners. You'll never teach someone every fact, but you can steer them towards figuring out the facts for themselves. In the push for memorization and having quotas for passing standardized test scores, we've missed the point. Entirely. We turn off the best students and drive the best teachers to mediocrity. 3) Misuse of soil and water resources. We're destroying the systems that sustain our agriculture, aquaculture, and biodiversity. There's going to be a big bill to pay down the road when the rain stops falling in our breadbasket. 4) Poverty. If you address the root causes of poverty, you automatically create a situation that restores economic stability and human dignity. Want to do something about immigration? Ask what Latin America needs to address their crippling poverty, which was CREATED by colonialism and greedy Western interests. You reap what you sow, I've heard. Take a hard look at US foreign policy during the 1900's in Central America, and then ask the really hard questions about why they're mired in poverty. Also, ask why our brightest inner city children can't afford entrance fees to get into college. Ask why Native Americans have the highest suicide rates in America. Ask why school lunch programs were cut to fund fighter jets. 5) Malaria, AIDS, and malnutrition. These 3 factors contribute more to world economic and social problems than just about any other. 6) Misguided social policy. We need to start asking questions about what works, and what doesn't. We need to start thinking in spans of generation instead of election terms. We need to start evaluating downstream effects of our policies, and considering the human side of our progress. Social Problems Nonprofit agency Florida Coalition for the Homeless http://www.fchonline.org/ The Florida Coalition for the homeless is an organization whose membership includes homeless advocates, service providers, members of the faithbased community, formerly homeless persons, educators, attorneys, mental health professionals and many others statewide who are committed to putting an end and improving the conditions of persons living without shelter. Providing education on homelessness issue. Advocating for initiatives that help homeless people and against laws and ordinances that may harm them. Networking with advocates throughout Florida on federal, state and local issues
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