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Finland Education System
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Finland's Education vs. U.S. Education
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Finland's Education System
According to dosomething.org the quality of the United States education is ranked 36th in the world today. Thirty years ago it was number one.
In recent years it has been brought to people’s attention that the United States’ education system has become outdated and ineffective. According to Stanford News this is the opposite of the up-and-coming country in education, currently ranked sixth in math, second in science and third in reading: Finland. The question has been asked, what is Finland doing right, and what is the U.S. doing wrong?
“Equity is a real problem here. Fairness and opportunity in the U.S. is a big problem,” said Mrs.Vergult, CSA’s librarian about problems in the United State’s educational system.
According to Stanford News, Finland schools have adopted a uniform system in which comprehension is valued higher than memorization, teachers are valued as highly as lawyers and doctors, and there is no such thing as private schools.
Unlike the United States where parents who have a high income have the opportunity to send their kids to private school, and those who cannot, send them to whatever public school they are zoned to.
Finland has no private school instead having all public schools, but it is very different from the cliché of public schools the states are used to. Public schools in Finland are nationally funded, meaning they are paid for by taxpayer money.
Every school starts out with the same sum of money and means based on student population, and an individual school’s funding can increase if there are more immigrants attending the school,.
“We have a world class university system here, and people come from all over the world come to attend our universities, but K-12 education is not addressing the needs of students who come from less advantaged backgrounds,” Mrs. Vergult said. “The schools in more poverty-stricken areas need many more resources to combat the additional problems that they face.”
Finland’s education system is also based around project-based learning, critical thinking and they are primarily focused on hands-on learning, which is a lot like the Cornerstone we are accustomed to.
According to businessinsider.com the usual standard set for schools in the United States is that of memorization over comprehension, supporting the idea for teachers to teach to the test instead of making sure their students actually comprehend what they are being taught. U.S. schools value competition, supporting rivalries between students, staff, campuses, districts and states in order for one to be deemed “number one.”
“I don’t like that we still subscribe to traditional methodologies and mindsets,” said Mrs. Breland, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher about her grievances with today’s education system in America. “I don’t like that we underscore play. I don’t like… that the kids who are socioeconomically advantaged still get a better education than the kids who are less socioeconomically advantaged.”
Finland has moved away from competition, and they have moved towards team work,which enabled them to reach the top worldwide.
Businessinsider.com states while it might seem an expensive change, Finland is actually spending less money on their education than the United States. Finland has instead chosen to utilize the time they have been given to provide as much education to their students as possible. This does not mean more busy work or more homework. It means the exact opposite.
For every 45 minutes, a student in Finland learns and they are provided a 15 minute break. While they are still in elementary school, students are given 50 minute recess, and where every 15 year-old in America is given an average of 6.1 hours of homework every school week, a Finnish student is given 2.8 hours.
Finally, Finnish schools don’t believe in evaluating students with standardized testing. Throughout a student's entire educational career Finnish students only take one standardized test, informs businessinsider.com, when they are 16, and the test differs greatly from standardized tests in the U.S. In Finland they strive away from the regular ABCD, and instead move towards word problems, and opinionated questions and tests are not graded by hired help. They are graded by actual operating teachers.
When it comes to evaluating schools and staff on a regular basis, according to news.stanford.edu Finland chooses to use sample-based testing, picking just a few students and teachers at random to test the school, and that isn’t the only factor in deciding the quality of the school. Educational supervisors also look at school principles to determine a school’s quality in providing students an education.
These facts, and this country’s educational system while many believe to be fascinating has been said to be an unreliable comparison to the U.S.’s educational system. According to the World Bank where Finland has a population of 5.4 million, the United States has a population of 319 million. It has been pointed out that Finland not only has a more manageable population, but culturally, racially and religiously Finland is very homogenous, making it easier to come to a decision and a uniform system.
In comparison America is much more racially diverse. The United States also has a multitiude of languages, according to gadling.com 311. Finland has 3. All of these are factors in a person’s preference when it comes to education.
“I think we can take parts of their system and use them within our own system. I think due to our size we’re going to have to come up with our own tools that work,” said Mrs. Breland, promoting the idea that although Finland and the U.S. are different there are lessons to be learned from them.
Another factor while not chosen is a ugly reality, poverty. The poverty rates are noticeably higher in the U.S. than Finland. According to the Startribune.com, Finland is not a prime example for the U.S. because their child poverty rates are 4 percent while in America it reaches almost 21 percent. The Tribune states that if the U.S. was looked at with these factors taken into consideration, their education is exponentially better than many other countries.
So, the question is brought up, “How can the U.S. change?”
That question while not officially answered has gained proposed solutions. Ideas have sprung to carry out change on a state by state basis, and Finland even wants to lend a hand in improving education in the United States, launching seminars, apps and advice to help improve learning.
There are even first hand examples of change, our very own Cornerstone Academy is a primary example of a change in public education. CSA promotes team building, critical thinking, and our Passion Based Projects are just one example of that.
One thing has been proven time and time again: change is not easy. “Students and parents are going to have to revolt, systemically. They're going to have to take a stand,” Mrs. Breland said.
April 19, 2016
"Students and parents are going to have to revolt, systemically. They're going to have to take a stand."
Did you know that 50% of the Syrian Refugee children have lost everything?
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We all love to eat, but how about learning at the same time? Thinking of an example, only one thing comes to mind… Lasagna and Literacy.
Lasagna and Literacy was held on Wednesday, March 23 from 6 to 8 P.M., in the library.
Lasagna and Literacy is an evening event in which parents learn more about library resources. Its aim is to be educational and fun at the same time, and to teach new parents about how to help their children with stressful schoolwork.
This event helped parents learn about:
1. Websites on Ms.Vergult’s blog
3.The Library’s Instagram, which has daily updates of lists of good books
4. Gale and Britannica, which are databases that our school pays for, so the students can have comprehensive resources for project research.
5. Destiny Quest, which is an app that you can use online to find books in all SBISD libraries, so you can hold books or check them out
Ms. Vergult discovered Lasagna and Literacy after taking a course on library science. She had seen other librarians organize events like Lasagna and Literacy, and thought it was “really cute” with the Italian theme. She also thought it would help a lot of parents here at CSA.
“Both lasagna and literacy is awesome” seventh grader, Emily Yu said.
Ms. Vergult has worked very hard as our librarian to improve the library resources and bring it to the place it is today. Lasagna and Literacy is just an example of a great way to make it better.
“It has food and it gives you the chance to learn new things about the library,” eighth grader, Arvin Soltani said.
Guests got lasagna from the restaurant Lasagna House. There were two kinds of lasagna, veggie, and meat, different assortments of cakes, salad, and garlic bread.
“I liked it because of the food and friends” sixth grader, Parker Webster said.
Lasagna & Literacy
On December 2nd, 2015 a terrorist attack occurred in San Bernardino, California. During this time, there was a mass shooting and bombing at the Inland Regional Center. Fourteen people were killed, and 22 people were seriously injured. One of the two shooters that had died after the shooting , Syed Rizwan Farook, owned an iPhone that was discovered, leading to a debate between Apple and FBI about whether to hack into the encrypted iPhone, and leaving either privacy or safety at stake.
The FBI is supporting safety and liberty. They believe that Apple should make a device that would disable the auto-erase function, which is the software that automatically erases all the data after 10 incorrect password attempts. The FBI want to use a computer to crack the password, by entering in all the possible passwords. They want to hack the iPhone, because they think the iPhone could have information related to ISIS, and it can help prevent further attacks. That could save tons of innocent lives. James Comey from the FBI said “Encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place.”
Apple is supporting privacy and security. They believe that once the tool is created, it can’t be promised that it won’t be used again, and it can be used to help good people do good things, but, at the same time, it can also help bad people do bad things. They also believe that creating this tool is like creating a back door, and that it could invade the privacy of iPhone users. Also, the Apple company cannot create something that they don’t know how to create, such as a device to hack iPhones. Tim Cook, Apple CEO, said “ You can’t have a back door that’s only for the good guys.”
According to the latest news, the FBI had found a way to hack into Farook’s iPhone. They have not shared the hacking trick in public, but they have shared it with some law enforcement agencies. Though the Apple vs. FBI war may be over, the FBI trick might leak to others that will not use it for good purposes, so it is best to keep your iPhone up to date and secure.
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The Zika Virus
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*Disable your iCloud backup, and use encrypted iTunes backup instead
*Apply iOS updates as soon as they are released
*Turn off Wifi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop when not needed
*Use auto lock
*Make sure you have Remote Wipe capability
Tips to Keep Your iPhone Nearly Unhackable
Lately many people have been scared of the Zika virus because it’s “spreading explosively ”, but is there really that much to be scared of? There are 15 travel-associated cases in Texas connected to the Zika virus. The most common symptoms are high fevers, pink eye, rash, joint and muscle pain, or red eyes, according to cdc.gov.
The Zika virus is a disease transmitted from an Aedes mosquito bite and it is named after the Zika forest in Uganda. The virus is most commonly found in the southeast part of the world, but it is rapidly spreading to the U.S.
This disease was first discovered in 1947. The symptoms can last a few days to a week. Severe illness and death are extremely rare if you have been bitten, although 80% of people who have been bitten will not experience any symptoms. A pregnant woman who is near delivery, and who already has been bitten by an Aedes mosquito can have effects on their newborn baby by giving them flat heads and sometimes small brains.
Google.org gave a one million dollar grant to the UNICEF to start working on a vaccine. Also helping fund the vaccine, is President Obama who gave 1.8 million dollars, announcing this on Feb.8, 2016. In 2015 the Zika virus spread most in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
"It’s a serious concern that deserves our attention,” said Ms.Rivera, a 6th grade science teacher, “and I hope that scientists are doing enough research to find a vaccine and cure.”
“It’s just another mosquito borne disease,” said Ms. Roy, the school nurse,“and we have very good mosquito control in this country, so hopefully it’s not a big issue at this time.”
There is no vaccine yet, but scientists could start testing humans by the end of this year. There are about 153 cases connected with Zika in the United States.
Did you know there are more homeless people than you see? There are even some families with kids in SBISD who are homeless. Your best friend might live in a car and you might not even know it. There are many organizations that have dedicated themselves to help the homeless community
The Homeless Coalition is a non-profit organization consisting of many homeless organizations in Houston and it's constantly recruiting more organizations. An organization is Search, which funds places like House of Tiny Treasure, which is a preschool for homeless kids.They can also provide a post office for when homeless people apply for a job.Another place that doesn’t run out out of the homeless coalition on is the Beacon which gives ID cards to people who have been incarcerated and serves food.
If you are feeling bad for these people then there are many ways to help.You can help by working with House of Tiny Treasures by throwing a birthday party for a homeless kid. This gives them a sense of community and helps them make friends. Another thing is you can do is volunteer at the Houston Food Bank and make sack lunches for homeless kids over the summer.
So believe it or not there are many homeless people and many ways to help the homeless community you live in. so if you are bored over the summer, you can go and volunteer and help at these places.
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Help the Homeless
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Over 13 million Syrian refugees need help. According to, worldvision.org, 4.6 million Syrians are refugees and 6.6 million are displaced in Syria, half are children.
Most Syrian refugees still stay in the Middle Eastern area around Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.
Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school.
8th grade teacher Mrs. Wood-Sponsel is heartbroken by the whole crisis.
“There is nothing sadder than knowing that there are kids who are totally innocent and have done nothing wrong, and they’re in really bad situations,” she said. “[We should all care] because we are all human beings, and whenever you see human beings suffering, especially through no fault of their own, we should all try to help in any way we can.”
Many people have been wondering: Why are they fleeing their country? There are 3 main reasons, but there are many other reasons as well.
“Parents are stuck between staying in this horrible place and not being able to feed [their] kids, or to send them somewhere they might be better, even though that journey is really dangerous, and potentially deadly.” Mrs. Wood-Sponsel said. “And the fact that the parents are willing to take that risk, how bad it must be in Syria, and that just makes me sad.”
The first reason for fleeing their homes is violence, and since the Syrian civil war, over 300,000 Syrians have been killed. According to worldvision, that includes 12,000 children.
“1.5 million have been wounded or permanently disabled,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights writes. “The war has become more deadly since foreign powers joined the conflict.”
The second reason is the economy's downfall; it is shattered. Education systems, health care and other infrastructures have been destroyed.
The third main reason Syrians are fleeing their homes is for their children’s safety. The Syrian children are the future of Syria. Children are more vulnerable to disease and pneumonia, and their parents are trying to protect their children from it. Many refugee children have to work, hard, manual labor, and for no pay. Children are more vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation in unfamiliar and overcrowded conditions.
Without a good enough income to support their children, and fearful of their daughters being molested, Syrian parents are forced to pull their children out of school. Between 2 and 3 million Syrian children are not attending school. The United Nation children’s agency says the war reversed 10 years of progress in education for Syrian children.
“Don’t give up. Fighting for a better life is worth it, especially if you could find stability for [your] children, and for yourself to be able to provide for your kids,” Ms. Wood-Sponsel said.
My grandparents are from Homs, Syria (a city in the heart of the Syrian Civil War). They arrived in America on March 27, 2015. It took two years of seemingly endless paperwork to get them here. They would not be considered refugees because they waited until they had their visas to travel.
However, one of my two aunts, named Manar is a Syrian refugee. She fled to Sweden with her two kids to find a better life. She escaped to Turkey, boarded a notoriously dangerous boat, and luckily (when other boats capsized) was able to sneak into Italy. From there she boarded a train that travels between European countries and after a few more days, made it to Sweden. She has had to adjust to a totally different country with a different language and very different traditions. She misses her home but is very happy to have a better life for her children. My other aunt, Mai, relocated to Czech Republic with her triplets because this is where her husband is originally from. They too had to learn a different language and adapt to a new country away from the rest of their family.
Being a part of a family that has had to experience such life-altering tragedies, is very...interesting. There are a lot of tears and frightening stories. Slowly my family is healing, but I don't really think they will ever heal completely. What they saw and had to endure is heartbreaking.
I’ve never met my aunts or my cousins in person. I’m looking forward to meeting my cousins from the Czech Republic when they travel to Houston this July.
My grandparents are still adapting to America in many ways; from the language and heat to the traffic and the food. Thank goodness they don’t have to go back to Syria!
Photo Courtesy: Mercy Corps
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The Teacher of the Year award is the highest award that a teacher can get… it is kind of a big deal! This year, the teacher who received the award was Ms. Amanda Leger, a 7th grade, social studies teacher!
There are four levels of competition: school, district, state, and national, but none of the Cornerstone teachers nominated have made it to nationals.
“The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching,” www.ccsso.org/noty writes. “The NTOY is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. Each April, the NTOY is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States.”
In 2015, Ms. Catherine Wood-Sponsel was elected as the Cornerstone Academy teacher of the year and when she received the email, saying that she won, she was over the moon.
“I felt so honored,” she said, “It’s just an honor to be nominated because somebody actually took the time out of their day to believe in you enough to go nominate you.” Wood-Sponsel thinks Leger will go far. “She is an amazing teacher, I would love to see her go all the way.”
Saumya Singh, one of Ms. Leger’s students, says that she will do well. “
I’m pretty sure she’s going to do really well because she is funny and outgoing, and has a bright personality.”
Leger herself hopes that she will do well in the competition.
“I try to make fun, interactive and create hands-on learning experiences so that we’re not just reading about history, we’re experiencing it in class so that it means more.” She said. “We try to connect whatever we’re teaching, content wise, to what is happening in the real world.”
Overall, Ms. Leger will definitely be a great candidate to represent Cornerstone in the Teacher of the Year competition, and we are all really lucky to have her here at Cornerstone Academy.
What was your favorite thing/fad from the 90’s? “I liked trolls and t-slides,” Ms. Rivera, a 6th grade science teacher replied. “My favorite things were scrunchies.” Mrs. Kenny, a 6th grade social studies teacher said.
Picture courtesy: Clueless/Paramount
Teacher of the year
Bottle of Science: Deep Sea Creatures
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1.Red Hot Chili Peppers "Give it Away"
2.No Doubt "I'm Just A Girl"
3. TLC "Waterfalls"
4.Eminem"Real Slim Shady"
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1. The Sandlot (1993)
2. Ms. Doubtfire (1993)
3.Can't Hardly Wait(1998)
4. Armageddon (1998)
5. American Pie (1999)
While researching for my previous story I stumbled upon some animals that were too interesting to not do a story about. I’m talking about deep sea creatures, so here are my top 5 five science facts about the animals that lurk just under the waves.
Fish are some of the most colorful creatures that exist. In fact if you took all species of fish in the world and put them in a tank, you would be able to find every color visible by humans on a fish.
The Mantis shrimp, famous for it’s strong punching claws, has another interesting feature: its eyes. Mantis shrimp eyes each have trinocular vision (meaning that they each produce three images and put them together). Human eyes can only produce one image each, meaning that we have binocular vision and the mantis shrimp has sexnochulor vision (because it has two eyes that each produce three images). Also, while our eyes only have three color receptors, the mantis shrimp has twelve, meaning it can see colors we can’t even imagine.
When deep sea angler fish mate, the male will dissolve most of its body to fuse his flesh to the female. After the transformation, he exists as a parasitic pair of reproductive organs for the rest of the female’s life, when she dies he dies.
The goblin shark is probably one of the ugliest creatures on the planet, but it has an adaptation that will make you think twice before making fun of it… or even getting near it.You see, the goblin shark’s jaws aren't exactly fused to their skulls like ours, meaning that they can extend farther to get to its prey. Instead of being fused to its skull, the goblin shark’s jaw is held in place by ligaments that can move forward like a door hinge at shoot the jaw forward at lightning speed.
Forget the goggles, someday we might just have night vision eye drops. All thanks to a peculiar creature called the Dragon fish. This deep sea predator uses chlorophyll in its eyes to see in the dark depths near the bottom of the ocean. Scientists in London predict that using a modified technique we could gain night vision by popping a pill or putting in some eye drops in the next few years.
If you are looking for adventure and nature at school time, go to the Explore CESIT that Mrs. Robertson created. It is a first period CESIT where students go in the tree area behind the gym or the school area and take pictures of the environment to put it in a book for the school.
The idea of the class is to go into the big tree area next door and explore, but because it is not Cornerstone’s property, students don't have access to it and must stay on school property.
The school is trying to figure out with the owners of the forest property to be able to explore the area. Mrs. Robertson said there might be plants and living animals over there.
In this course, students take pictures of plants, birds, bugs, or animal tracks and put it in a book. Another activity students do in the cesit is making a garden and water barrel.
The class would be good for those who do not have much free time to explore at home.
“I wanted to know what is over there and thought it would be fun for some of the kids to figure that out too,” Mrs. Robertson said
“I want to do things like there is a fallen tree or log and we take some gloves and move the tree see whats underneath there but we need to be safe,"says Ms.Robertson.
“I would recommend this class to anyone who likes plants and exploring. Ethan, a Cornerstone student, said, "Even though the elective class can not go to the forest area yet you can still go around the school's area and can plant stuff. The Explore CESIT gives you a chance to see the outdoors and enjoy."For more information talk to Mrs. Robertson in the 8th grade hall.
Popular Fads From The 90's Maya Tlass
Beanie Babies (now called Beanie Boos), Silly Bandz, and trolls were collected and cherished. Gameboy, Nerf toys, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Easy Bake Oven, Barbie and Battleship were also trendy. Other toys included Candyland, Care Bears, Hot Wheels, Jenga, Silly Putty, Twister, Uno, Nintendo and Pictionary, most of which we still have today.
5. Billy Ray Cyrus "Achy Breaky Heart"
6.NSYNC"Tearin' Up My Heart"
7. Mariah Carey"Always be My Baby"
8. Missy Elliot"Get Ur Freak On"
In entertainment, Green Day’s album Dookie seemed to have had the most influence on later bands like Fallout Boy and All Time Low. The movies of the 90’s are still being played on cable channels everyday. The most popular films being Titanic, Forrest Gump, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Independence Day, Hot Shots, and Clueless.
Boy’s hairstyles varied throughout the decade. Popular styles included cornrows, high top and surfer hair. Guys also rocked long hair, inspired by grunge, and some boys would bleach their hair so blonde it would look white. For girls, there was high feathered bangs, mini hair buns, and bob cuts. The “Rachel” cut was inspired by Rachel Green, played by Jennifer Aniston, in the hit sitcom Friends. Girls also loved side ponytails tied with colorful scrunchies.
Photos courtesy of The Explorers CESIT
Now that you’re familiar with the 90’s, what do you think? Are there some things that you had no idea existed? Pretty cool, right?
In the clothing department high top shoes were very popular, and as you can see, have made made a comeback. Other styles include neon colors, t-slides and hip-hop fashion inspired by MC Hammer, Tupac, etc. Grunge was another style inspired by the rock band Nirvana. Knee high stockings and clogs were made popular by the movie Clueless as well as the catch phrase “as if.”
Grunge, Silly Putty, Clueless, Titanic… just some of the popular fads and movies from the 90’s. Some things may have influenced today’s style and some have faded away. Check out all the trends from the 90’s.
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Over 7.3 million Americans today are vegetarian, and over 22.8 million follow a vegetarian inclined diet, according to a study conducted by the Vegetarian Times.
Many assume that people become vegetarian only for religious or moral purposes, but that is not true.
Vegetarianism benefits our environment, our health and lowers our chances of getting cancer or disease.
First of all, let's address what it means to be vegan or vegetarian.
When someone is vegetarian, they do not eat meat of any kind.
If a person says they are vegan, it means that they do not eat animal meat or use animal products such as dairy or leather.
According to the Adventist Health Study, the average body mass index (BMI) for vegetarians is 25.7 and is 23.6 for vegans, compared to an average BMI of 28.8 for non-vegetarians.
“I have been a vegetarian since age three… I have a balanced diet, and it keeps me healthy,” says sixth grader Gabriella Starlin.
A plant based diet is an ideal way to keep weight off without any harmful side effects.
The study also suggested that vegetarians have a lesser risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Chances of having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or contracting metabolic syndrome, a cardiovascular disorder, were much lower for vegans and vegetarians than meat-eaters.
Although chances are not diminished, the risk of cancers are lower in vegetarians and vegans.
"For overall cancer, all vegetarians (vegans plus lacto-ovo-vegetarians) had an 8 percent reduction in risk, and vegans did best of all. For gastrointestinal cancers, vegetarians as a group had 24 percent reduction in risk, and in particular lacto-ovo vegetarians did the best. For respiratory system cancers, the vegetarian group had a 23 percent reduction in risk. In female cancers, vegans did the best in reduced risk," reported Gary Fraser, a researcher in the study.
Furthermore, the greenhouse gas emissions of people with plant based diets was up to 41.7% lower than the average meat-eater. Vegetarianism is more than just a lifestyle. It is a way to keep our bodies healthy and the world green.
A real estate developer, TV mogul, two-time Emmy nominated, germaphobe with a brand stretching as far as entertainment to ice cream, suddenly turned politician are all words that can be used to describe one man with an estimated net worth of $4 billion, according to INC, Donald Trump.
Trump has taken America by storm since he launched his presidential campaign in June, enraging half the population and enthralling the rest. Trump has definitely changed the world of politics, but is he really the best choice for President?
Born June 14, 1946 in New York, son of Frederick C. Trump, Donald Trump did not start out a politician. Throughout his 69 years of life he has experimented in many different fields, and gained experience in many fields as expected from someone running for president.
However while previous presidents have experience as governors, senators, house members, judges and lawyers, Trump has business experience in real estate, hotels, golf courses, TV shows like The Apprentice and the Miss Universe Beauty Pageants.
All adequate qualifications to run our great nation, right? No, a president needs history in the field of politics to help better understand things like foreign affairs, economics, domestic issues, etc. While Trump’s “success” in business is commendable, how can we be sure that he will be a good president? What stops him from making ill-educated decisions or not being taken seriously not only in this country but in the world.
One of the factors that has made Donald Trump such a well-liked “contender” in this year’s presidential race is that he is not afraid to say what is on his mind, making many citizens see him as different from most everyday politicians. In many ways this might be one of the biggest downfalls for him. A president must not only be honest and speak what is on his mind, a quality very apparent in Trump, but also know when to back down.
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?” said Donald Trump, one of the many rash statements said by him during his campaign trail.
Presidents as mentioned before do not just deal with domestic issues but foreign ones. As president Trump must learn how to negotiate with foreign leaders as well as COMPROMISE when needed. If this is his solution to problems now, what do you think will be his solution to problems overseas? With his “it’s me against the world attitude” we might end up with more enemies overseas then allies.
While Trump’s approach to politics and attitude towards the presidency is definitely different than most politicians, there was one man who shared not only many of Trump’s views, but his unique approach towards politics.
One hundred eighty-eight years ago, at this time was a man with a bad temper, famous for legendary brawls and duels ran for President, taking part in an election overrun with personal insults, and unprofessional banter that was unseen by the public before much like today's GOP. This man was none other than Andrew Jackson, who was in office from 1828 to 1837.
Jackson’s message as well as methods he used way back in 1828 are very similar to the way Trump campaigns today. At the time Jackson was a modern campaigner. During rallies he would hand out free drinks (booze), and food as well as passionately rant and ramble to entice his audience which can be compared to the speeches and rallies put on by Trump that frequently used in his campaign.
Jackson’s personality was also very similar to Trump’s. He believed in everything he said, and did not go back or apologize for his actions.
It has been said that the only thing Jackson regretted during his Presidency was that he was “unable to shoot Henry Clay or to hang John C. Calhoun" - referring to two of his political opponents in Congress, according to the Houston Chronicle.
There is a very specific reason why to to compare these two men while Jackson was viewed as a popular president, many of the decisions he made affected our country negatively. He ignored the Supreme Court during a ruling about the case Georgia vs Cherokee Nation. He also in the process of upholding his promise, killed our national bank, sending the nation’s economy into a tailspin that we would slowly recover from.
In conclusion Jackson sold his presidency by promising the protection of average Americans, but instead obstructed our founding principles (our Constitution). As the new generation of America we should use the history we know to help better understand and make decisions about the future.
Donald Trump is a great salesman, but so was Andrew Jackson. Maybe now people can better recognize the phrase “Let's make America Great Again” for what it really is, a sales pitch meant to fool us into voting for someone who is not fit nor ready for being President.
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March 11, 2016
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