Team Change: Education and Literacy

Education and literacy are at the heart of our society. If someone is not able to read or write, then how can they fully participate in their society? How can they vote in elections? How can they fully understand the implications of their actions and their leaders’ actions if they are not educated about world events, mathematics, science, and history? If people are not educated as much as they can be and as much as they wish to be, then it will be difficult for them to support themselves and their families through physical labor, minimum-wage, or black-market jobs, which are generally the main types of jobs available for those with at least a high school diploma. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the states with the largest percentages of jobs in industries that require less than a high school diploma were either vacation/retirement destinations with opportunities in hospitality or states that had job opportunities in natural resources and mining, neither of which often require more than, or even as much as, a diploma. Unfortunately, neither of these fields offer many opportunities for advancement without at least a diploma, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree(s).

 

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I firmly believe that this is an excellent cause to study and work on actually advocating change in. In today’s job market and economy, a lack of education in essential fields such as science and mathematics and an inability to read are a death sentence for getting any job more advanced than minimum-wage- and only in certain industries are these jobs even available. If you look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupation Finder, most jobs that require no formal education credentials were physical labor and/or minimum wage jobs. For example, no one is going to be allowed to work in a school without at least a high school diploma or associate’s degree – even a secretary position requires at least a high school diploma, and some secretary positions require a bachelor’s degree. I think improving the education field and spreading initiatives for literacy and keeping kids in school are extremely important goals for people advocating change in this field to have, and these would be great ideas for my group to focus on if we worked on this topic.

Team Change-The Domestic Violence Movement

What is Domestic Violence? How is it any different than Sexual Assault? Who cares? These are some of the many questions I hope to answer about the domestic violence movement to convince you of why it is important especially for us as college students.

Domestic Violence is defined by the United States Department of Justice as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.”

This definition is short but contains a lot of information.  The pattern of abuse can take many forms ranging from “physical, sexual, emotional, economic, to psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person.” (USDofJ)

To many, including myself, that seems to be very intense and could never happen to anyone.  Yet it does. More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in 4 men will be in a violent relationship in their lifetime. AND nearly 50% of these women and 40% of these men will experience this violence between the ages of 18-24 years old.  (One Love Foundation)

These statistic are mind boggling and show how important it is to act NOW.

You may be confused how Domestic Violence is different than Sexual Assault.  Sexual Assault is defined by RAINN[Rape Abuse and Incest National Network] as “sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim.” This is different than domestic violence not only due to the difference in relationship but also the gravity of the issue due to this difference.

Domestic Violence can be stopped before it happens because there are warning signs that can be detected.  These warning signs have been outlined by many organizations in hopes of informing potential victims when they need to get help from a professional or friends to leave the relationship before they are harmed.

You may not know what these signs are and that is the exact reason why the Domestic Violence Movement is important. To educate all people so that no one will be stuck in an unhealthy relationship.