WHY HOMELESS VOTERS WHO DEFEND DEMOCRACY CAN'T PARTICIPATE
WRITTEN BY, JOEY LOVATO & CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON
VIDEO DONE BY, REIGHAN FISHER,JACKSON BARTLETT, & ASHLEE JONES
Shannon Orneal knows who he wants to vote for. What Shannon doesn’t know is if he will be voting in November - and he definitely won’t be caucusing this weekend.
He hopes to have a home by November, but this Saturday, during the caucus, he will be homeless.
Despite being a Navy veteran and having strong political opinions, voting is a luxury Orneal can’t afford. He, and so many of Nevada’s homeless population, face many hurdles between them and the polls.
I wanted to share this personal narrative piece that I made for one of my final projects. The assignment was to produce a video that tells a personal story, so I chose to show how my biological father and I have maintained a relationship by writing letters to each other over the years while he's in prison. I relate his struggle with drug addiction to the tragedies society has faced over the past couple of decades, followed by the healing we have all gone through together.
Below is a video I've made that goes hand and hand with the blog post.
Standardized tests are used throughout the United States to measure overall academic achievement of students through multiple-choice and true-false questions. According to TIME magazine, this structure of education started during the Industrial Revolution. TIME explains that during this specific era, kids were taken out of the farms and factories they worked in and put behind desks for the first time. These standardized examinations emerged as an easy way to test large numbers of students quickly. But as society advances, is the structure of the system and its emphasis on standardized testing doing more harm than good for students, especially those who tend to be right brain (creative) thinkers and learners? To standardize somebody is to cause them to conform to an average and be easily measured and compared to their peers. Why does the education system continue to condition the students of our future to be average?
In this day and age standardized testing is an inaccurate way to measure overall student intelligence full-scale. Students are frequently being diagnosed with learning disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, and test anxiety -- all newly developed epidemics that have emerged with the increase of standardized education. The current education system is out of date for today's generation and needs to develop a flexible model for students’ individualized aptitudes (natural abilities) that cater to the overall learning experience of the student and work towards achieving a promising future for all types of learners.
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I feel my purpose is to show readers and viewers different perspectives of the world through the eyes of others. Everyday I challenge myself to think of new theories and concepts, change-up my routine and viewpoints, and allow myself to be creative both mentally and physically. I feel knowledge is power and when we choose to evolve and understand ourselves, we choose to understand our world and the people in it.