Topic one: Entrepreneurship in Younger Grades
Starting a business is very hard and the rate of success is very low. For how challenging it is, there is not much support out there to get people started. Part of the problem is that kids do not have a chance to practice entrepreneurial skills when they are young because it is not taught or encouraged in most primary or secondary schools.
Question: To what extent should college students promote entrepreneurial education in primary and secondary schools?
Motivation: I currently studying Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation and a lot of the skills we use on a daily basis are foreign to me and if I had grown up practicing them I would be much more confident with them now. I think that if I was exposed to entrepreneurial thinking earlier on, I may have been able to start effecting change sooner.
Information and Arguments: I could argue that the more people who are exposed to the idea of starting a new business or being an ‘intropreneur’ the better the economy would be. For example, more people are employed at small businesses than large businesses and a lot of job growth comes from small businesses and start-ups. I would want to look into a new program started by a UD student that’s goal is to get younger students involved in entrepreneurship. Another argument could be that learning how to think entrepreneurially can be applied to any field of study and any job, so students should learn how to do it before college.
Topic two: Teaching Spanish in Elementary Schools/ Pre-schools in the US
Many elementary schools do not offer Spanish to its students. It is much easier for younger children to learn a second language than for them to learn one later in life, and with Spanish becoming very common it would help students to learn how to speak, read, and write it early on.
Question: How should college students use their skills and college’s resources to promote Spanish being taught in elementary schools/ pre-schools?
Motivation: My elementary school offered a very short afterschool program to start teaching us a foreign language and I really enjoyed it. The problem was it was so short so it was not enough time to really learn enough to become proficient in a language. However, I remember it being easier to learn the language then when I started learning it in middle school, and the few things I did learn stuck with me longer.
Information and Arguments: One argument is how there are so many Spanish speakers in the United States and that it would be beneficial for all citizens to be able to communicate more effectively. Language also ties in more cultural understanding, which would be beneficial to unite our country. College students who know a language could partner with elementary schools. Some information I would like to find would be how learning two languages early on is easier for people and affects brain development.
Topic three: Literacy in the US
There are still a lot of people in the United States who cannot read due to many different situations. In poorer school districts students who cannot keep up with the pace get left behind and they learn to fake knowing how to read until it is too late. This makes it harder for them to do daily tasks like holding a job or making it through school.
Question: To what extent can college students improve the literacy problem in the United States by working to educate illiterate children and people?
Motivation: I interned at a nonprofit over winter that was an afterschool tutoring program for kids living under the poverty line and I was taken aback by how old some of the kids were who were struggling to read simple books. Most of their parents did not know English so they were not able to help them when they struggled. I don’t think any kid should have to struggle to learn to read English in a country that predominantly speaks English.
Information and Arguments: I want to explore how being illiterate harms the individuals. Also, I want to find out how programs that aim to solve this are going about it and why they are not successful at reaching everyone.