The insight uses the See, Think, Wonder thinking routine
This article highlights just how much of a cyclical process poverty feels like it is, with the specific detail here being on mental health and poverty, with the latter preceding the former. I am thinking both on the misfortunes of those who should end up landing into poverty, along with the possibilities that come about pulling them out of it. I wonder about the state of the welfare systems in the USA and Europe and how it may be improved based on the idea of pulling people out of a cycle instead of possibly perpetuating its continuance.
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This insight is done using the Step Inside thinking routine.
Looking in from the perspective of the locals, they are likely to be able to see the receding water and the possible challenges that head towards them. However, they continue to march on in their quest to sustain and create the impossible with the ever shrinking water resources in their area to create and maintain what can be called a green oasis in the desert. Their line of thinking is most likely along the attitude to never say never to any problem that comes towards them, mostly rooted from their head-on approach when confronted with limited water.
I see, basically, an article detailing the EcoPark developments in Hanoi displacing many of the poorest residents living at the development site, along with the problems that follow when it has been announced that a company gets a piece of land. It follows with an international standard set when it comes to such issues.
I think that the general idea of just being able to take land from people in countries abroad drives the poverty of the area higher as most of their livelihoods are in the land that they inhabit, along with them already being poor as it is.
I wonder if the system be better managed if the locals living on the ground were given authority over the land they occupy.
Largely criminalised and facing accusations ranging from encouraging breeding of mosquitoes to acting as hiding places for thugs, urban agriculture is slowly emerging as a food security option, with reports indicating that up to half of the food...
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The insight uses the thinking routine of See, Think, Wonder
I see from this article about a dire situation happening in Kenya and many other countries in Africa, while the issue remains unsettled by the Kenyan government and may be worsened by them. I think that the Kenyan government should be assessing its policies and looking at urban agriculture from a market perspective in which accounts for the higher food prices and food shortages pushing for such a movement in the first place. I do wonder, however, about the value and contribution of urban farming in some quantifiable method, similar to the idea of using GDP to measure the economy.
The most important civil-rights battleground today is education, writes Nicholas D. Kristof, and the most crucial struggle against poverty is the one fought in schools.
Inner-city urban schools today echo the "separate but equal" system of the early 1950s. In the Chicago Public Schools (where a tentative agreement was just reached following a teachers' strike), 86 percent of children are black or Hispanic, and 87 percent come from low-income families.
Those students often don't get a solid education, any more than blacks received in their separate schools before Brown v. Board of Education. Chicago's high school graduation rates have been improving but are still about 60 percent. Just 3 percent of black boys in the ninth grade end up earning a degree from a four-year college, according to the Consortium on Chicago School Research.
America's education system has become less a ladder of opportunity than a structure to transmit inequity from one generation to the next.
The insight is done using the 4Cs thinking routine.
Something that seems close to the idea of reforming the school system is the idea of 'school choice', a voucher system that allows for children to be sent to another school with the voucher, the purpose being to push children from failing schools to better ones without moving house.
The concept that is important to note here is that the author is making mention not of school choice, but of reforming the school system in itself, which would be referring to reform of the hiring system of teachers.
The change here is in how I believe people can succeed and subsequently how some teachers say we do. I have felt before that regardless of who teachers, I am the only one held responsible. Now, while that statement still holds truth in who society might point the finger to, that teachers also have a responsibility in moulding the workers of tomorrow.
What I want to challenge here has something to do with the connection from the beginning with the idea of school choice. If the key idea is to rid of bad teachers, what about a system that may incentivise students to move to better schools by giving them the choice and means to do so?
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