Major Uprisings

A major uprising has recently occurred in Venezuela. Many citizens are unhappy with the economy and the rising crime rate. Fed up people are fighting back to protect their rights. According to Cnn, “Major social and economic problems have fueled the protests. But as the demonstrations gained steam, officials have pointed fingers at other factors and accused the United States of plotting to destabilize the government. (Karimi, F., & Shoichet, C. (2014, 2 21). Venezuela: What’s the crisis about?. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/americas/venezuela-qa/) It is easy to see why citizens were fed up with the crime rate. “Already one of the most violent places on Earth — a person is murdered every 21 minutes, and there were roughly 24,700 violent deaths last year.” (Essert, M. (2014, February 19). This is what’s happening in venezuela right now. Retrieved from http://www.policymic.com/articles/82777/this-is-what-s-happening-in-venezuela-right-now) On February 12th 2014, many young people took part in Venezuela’s National Youth Day. Participants would march through every major city in Venezuela including Caracas, Valencia and Merida to fight for their rights. While marching, the military were attacking the youth as if they were armed with guns. Many citizens believe the cause of this opposition movement is “President Nicolas Maduro’s government, which has been running the country into the ground” (Essert, 2014). In this case, I do not believe the media coverage or the use of social media is influencing this movement. The government and security in Venezuela has been extremely strict and has shut down twitter and any news station that is releasing information. (Essert, 2014)

Another uprising is occurring in Syria. This opposition movement started back in 2011. After being crippled by the civil war, many people have died in protests and fights between the President’s government and people who do not want him in charge anymore. (What’s happening in syria and will the violence end?. (2013, December 12). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/16979186). The rebels fighting these battles are in search of democracy and freedom. When it was shown the chemical weapons were being used in the war the United Nations decided to step in. In October 2013, the destruction of chemical weapons began. (“What’s happening in syria,” 2013). The Washington Post stated that, “the Syrian government really overreacted when peaceful protests started in mid-2011, slaughtering civilians unapologetically, which was a big part of how things escalated as quickly as they did.” (Fisher, M. (2013, August 29). 9 questions about syria you were too embarrassed to ask. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/08/29/9-questions-about-syria-you-were-too-embarrassed-to-ask/.) Syria is much like Venezuela in the fact that in both countries, citizens are being brutally killed and harmed by a government who’s decisions fail to represent its people. However, in this case I do believe the media has influenced the uprising. News casts tend to over exaggerate or announce things that may not be true just to get better ratings.

 

STEM Subjects

STEM stands for the subjects science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Educators believe that children in the future generation should focus more on these subjects. “STEM education prioritizes hands-on learning to increase student engagement, interest, and achievement in the STEM fields.” (“Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership.” Web log post. http://www.ed.gov/stem. N.p., n.d. Web.) According to the same source above, President Obama stated “… Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today—especially in science, technology, engineering and math.”

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(“Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership.” Web log post. http://www.ed.gov/stem. N.p., n.d. Web.) It is believed that people who study these STEM subjects will achieve a higher GPA as well a more in depth education. Educators believe that these subjects as of now are more isolated than taught to everyone. There has been a lack in educated, skilled workers in these areas. President Obama is trying to increase and prioritize STEM subjects in the United States. Ed.gov agreed with this statement by stating,”Specifically, he has called on the nation to develop, recruit, and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the next 10 years. He also has asked colleges and universities to graduate an additional 1 million students with STEM majors.”(“Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership.” Web log post. http://www.ed.gov/stem. N.p., n.d. Web.) STEM subjects are included in difficult and advanced fields and degrees so it is not a shock that STEM jobs pay more than regular. According to (“STEM Fields.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2014.)

“The Department of Commerce notes STEM fields careers are some of the best-paying and have the greatest potential for job growth in the early 21st century. The report also notes that STEM workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and training in STEM fields generally results in higher wages, whether or not they work in a STEM field.”

 

Major

As of now my major is undecided, however I am leaning towards Computer Science. I would like to study this because I am interested in programming and the functions of a computer. I believe that if I follow through with this major I will eventually have a successful and rewarding career. I am always using a computer for numerous activities, so why not journey further into how it functions. In the future with my computer science degree, I hope to participate in reducing the number of cyber criminals and hackers around the world. Hopefully one day I will work for the FBI and strengthen their security system.
I want to study this because I believe that computers are the leading technology of the future. They are a virtual output that connects the world to the same ideas and spread useful everyday information. Without computers, family members around the world would have a harder time communicating, people could not find out more information about a company via website, and individuals could not check their bank accounts online. Without computers and new age technology, everyday things would be a lot more complicated. Computers will play a role in my future because as a computer science major I will be on a computer everyday throughout my work day. Technology now a days can find out so many things such as other peoples whereabouts, their passwords, their emails to other people and other private information. I can’t wait to create programs and use computers to help catch criminals to make the world a better place.

Citizenship

Being a citizen of a country ensures you the freedoms and protection entitled to us by the constitution for example, voting and speech. It instills a sense of community and being united with other Americans so they can support you on issues. You have the duty to represent your country and live up to the constitution. You must follow laws of our country and obtain the knowledge needed in order to be a fully functioning citizen. As a citizen you must be able to participate in elections and educate yourself on the issues of today. On the other hand, citizenship is just a legality because rights of American citizens are violated on a daily basis such as, gun control, censorship of speech, and healthcare. Also, there are illegal aliens in this country that in some cases benefit more than our citizens. There are immigrants who are receiving jobs over unemployed Americans because they will work for less money. Citizenship just requires people to pay more to the government in taxes.

Yes there is such a thing as a civic duty. One of the most important duties is the right to vote. Participating in voting is the most common way to practice democracy. In other countries religion is tied to civic duties such as traditions, holidays and fasting. Another civic duty is to help one another in an effort to educate each other on issues. Other civic duties could include abiding by the laws, treating your neighbor as you would want to be treated and to contribute economically to society. If you have pride in your country you should go out of your way to help out your fellow Americans. However, with racism, bullying and stereotypes it is hard to believe that civic duties exist. Peoples beliefs will override nationalism.