The Importance of the Spanish Language

imageEnglish is slowly becoming more and more popular as a language of choice around the world. However, the importance of being bilingual is not diminished by this fact. People who speak more than one language increase their cognitive skills, as well as, their communication skills. They are opening up to more of the population by speaking multiple language. I believe that Spanish is the most useful language other than English. According to the New York Times, “The United States, with 41 million native Spanish speakers, is second only to Mexico as a Spanish-speaking country.”  Many American immigrants come from Spanish speaking countries. Knowing Spanish is beneficial to communicating with a large population of the United States. This would improve connections, business, and much more. Buisnesses and the government need to understand their people in order to thrive and put them first.

It is also a very influential language.When the Pope planned his first visit to America he intended to present 14 out of 18 speeches in Spanish. Spanish is the language of one of the most influential religious figures and translations usually do not do justice to the original statement or speech. Non-Spanish speakers may miss connections and images when they are subject to just the translation.

Further, Spanish is an important language for teachers to know in order to help English language learners in their classroom. Since most immigrants are native Spanish speakers; knowing Spanish makes teaching English easier. It breaks down the barrier between student and teacher. Furthermore, it breaks down cultural barriers and would allow the U.S. to become more united. It would also breakdown thoughts of racism and stereotypes put on Spanish speaking immigrants. I believe it is a very beneficial language to speak and understand fluently.

resources: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/takingnote/2015/09/16/why-the-popes-spanish-speeches-matter/

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The Importance of the Spanish Language

Social Media and Global Politics

imageSocial media connects the globe. It is used to share views, events, news, and so much more. Social media can also be a tool to spread views and politics globally. Through social media we have a direct connection to people all over the world to gain insight and news about what is occurring in their country and their government.

In an article for the New York Times Obama stated, in regards to preventing ISIS from gaining more supporters, “We need to find new ways to amplify the voices of peace and tolerance and inclusion, and we especially need to do it online” (Davis). Social media has become a tool for the government to reach our generation. There are few people in our generation that do not have at least one form of social media. It is powerful in that it reached billions of people in seconds and many trust the information they get from these sites without question.

However, social media can also be used as a weapon. The above mentioned article states that ISIS, “has a reach and agility in social media that far outstrips that of the American government” (Davis). Social media can be dangerous in that it can can spread falsehoods and convince many to follow a certain group or to share their beliefs.

Groups that wish to do harm can be extremely convincing online. They know to target those who feel like outsiders or who have violent tendencies. Social media is dangerously influential in our society. Our generation is too trusting of the Internet when it comes to reading news or facts. People rarely check the stories from a reliable source. It is a political force globally and has greatly influenced the way we see and talk about politics. Anyone is free to share their political opinions to millions of people at the click of a button. In a world dominated by technology it is becoming more and more difficult to resist the pull of social media and its political influence.

resources: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/19/us/obama-to-outline-nonmilitary-plans-to-counter-groups-like-isis.html?_r=0

 

 

Social Media and Global Politics

U.S. Policy for Syrian Refugees

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Syrian refugees continue to struggle in the United States after escaping the terror they left behind. The New York Times recently interviewed a Syrian refugee that was relocated to Illinois. Mahmoud al-Haj Ali and his family have been working and struggling each day to pay their bills and their airfare debt from being relocated to America. Their family has been split up and there is know way of knowing if they will ever be reunited.

According to the article, “The al-Haj Alis are five of the 2,647 Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the United States, roughly 0.06 percent of the more than 4.5 million driven from the country since the uprising began in 2011.” There are millions that continue to live in fear. The U.S. has taken in a ridiculously small amount of Syrian refugees compared to the 25,000 in Canada and the 93,000 in Germany (Griswold, 2016). The United State can definitely afford to take in more than the measly 2,647 they have.

The United States needs to hold a firmer policy to ensure the safety and welfare of these people. It should be a priority to keep families together in order to maintain the family structures and ensure success of their relocation. Their need to be free programs set in place to help these refugees learn to English so that they can thrive in the United States, rather than barely get along.

The job is not done by simply providing an escape. Taking these refugees in makes the U.S. responsible for their well-being. These people have been through horrific events. They have seen so much pain. The dream of finding refuge in America and deserve the chance to thrive as they once did. Further, we need to give their children a chance by preparing them for the American public school systems.

As a future educator I believe all children have the right to a good and fair education. These children need programs in order to prepare them and prevent them from becoming discouraged or outcasted. The U.S. needs to create a strong policy in order to help these refugees regain what they have lost to war.

References: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/magazine/why-is-it-so-difficult-for-syrian-refugees-to-get-into-the-us.html?_r=0

 

U.S. Policy for Syrian Refugees

Finding an End to Cancer

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In today’s world there is not a life in existence unaffected by Cancer. Everyone has a friend, a neighbor, a family member they know that is directly affected by Cancer. I have seen loved ones lost to this disease. I have watched my grandfather struggle after losing a lung to Cancer. Today’s youth attempts to fight against Cancer through events such as Relay For Life, an event organized to raise money for the American Cancer Society to fund Cancer research, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an American pediatric Cancer charity. Their goal is to find the cure for Cancer.

In the United States, we fight to end Cancer. But, many don’t realize how destructive the disease is worldwide. Poorer countries contain more Cancers that are harder to survive when combined with the other health issues in these countries. According to George Johnson of the New York Times, “Cancers of the poor will gradually give way to cancers of the more affluent. They will move up the list of leading killers, replacing the old diseases.”

In the United Stated we have been devoting millions of dollars to curing Americans of Cancers common in the U.S. But we fail to see that other countries contain Cancers that are extremely hard to survive along with their living conditions.

Cancer is a worldwide disease that needs to be eliminated globally. The focus of Cancer research needs to accommodate for those in the third world countries and help to eliminate Cancer on a larger scale. Rather than focusing all of the attention on economically stable countries.

resources: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/12/22/science/in-developing-world-cancer-is-a-very-different-disease.html?_r=0

Finding an End to Cancer