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Own your language

Own your language | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The World Punjabi Congress (WPC) has decided to arrange  peaceful marches in Lahore and other major headquarters to highlight the importance of the Punjabi language. WPC will organise a National Punjabi Conference every month to deliberate and put forward its demands to the government. Their foremost demand is to disentangle the Punjabi language from the mire of purism and that it should be declared as an official language of Punjab. A Punjabi education model should be incorporated in Punjab province similar to the one in Punjab State in India.This WPC initiative is a welcome step since it attempts to grasp one of the most befuddledissues of our society. Since the birth of Pakistan, language has been a bone of contention between the provincesand the Centre. The ruling elite instead of accepting and supporting the diversity of languages spoken in Pakistan declared Urdu alone as the national languagein a misconceived attempt to create harmony and uniformity among the people. They were oblivious of the fact that onlyeightpercent of Pakistan’s population spoke Urdu as a first language after independence. And regrettably they failed to understand that Pakistan’s cultural plurality and open society are sinews of its strength. The more efforts were put in to make us uniform, the more thefissures widened among us. It is language that first raised resentment among the provinces and because of it and subsequent unjust policies, we lost our easternwing in 1971. Four decades plus on from that cataclysmic event, the problem of language and its concomitant derivatives, culture and identity, is still alive and festering among the provinces.

Although Punjabi is the dominant language of Punjab, the largest province of Pakistan by population, unfortunately it neverattained its due status.To illustrate, Lahore’s population has 86percent native Punjabis. It is a great irony that we disrespect our own language but are crazy to learn the languages of other nations. What we have forgotten is that one’slanguage is the most important part of one’s being. It is the mother tongue that defines one’s identity and helps the individual to develop personality.It plays its role in framing one’s thinking, emotions and spiritual world. Language and culture have an intertwining relationship because it is the mother tongue that helps to transfer and preserve culture. If one loses one’s language, one loses one’s culture. Today’s Punjabi youth is unaware of the great works of Baba Bulleh Shah,Waris Shah and baba FaridGanj Shakar and this speaks volumes of theneglect of our language and culture. Itis high time to revisit our policies and celebrate the diversity of Pakistan’s compositeculture. The federal government should support the provinces in preserving and developing their own languages so that they can flourish in their own distinct way. This will not onlymitigate the alienation of the provinceson this issue but also help people to own their roots. Hopefullythe federal government will consider the demands of WPCand the Punjab government support its efforts. *

Via Charles Tiayon
AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

My opinion on this article is that any country should be able to speak any language. We all deserve to speak whatever language that we speak or want tot speak. No one should be able to not speak a language and no country should have barriers preventing this from happening.


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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.
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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

This article has genuinely made me think about me and fellow peers of mine and how school should be for us. TRICK is very insightful and should be used in every classroom. Trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness should be necessities in any classroom. Sometimes I feel that none of those are used in some classrooms, students AND teachers can sometimes not act according to TRICK. But we can all help to enforce TRICK.

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, March 7, 2015 9:43 AM

Esther shares the 5 guidelines she uses in her Class to create a successful learning environment. I love the idea to encourage students to look for, learn, and demo new ed tech tools for the whole class.

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2014: the highs and lows in public services

2014: the highs and lows in public services | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

The raised profile of mental health, Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View for the NHS and the drive to empower city regions have all been positive, but we still face cuts ‘on a colossal scale’

AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

This article honestly confused and baffled me. The beginning was easy to understand, but as I kept reading, there were more and more words and phrases that I didn't understand or that I have never heard of. However, I am not surprised that the world is not sharing their information about mental health. ~AW~

ESRC's curator insight, December 17, 2014 3:45 AM

Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

Aaron Burnette's curator insight, February 5, 2016 8:31 AM

Mental state is a big issue, and also we have to face budget cuts on a colossal scale.

Rylee English's curator insight, February 6, 2016 8:42 PM

public jobs may be taking a cut in pay in the near future. if your job involves serving the public, you could be recieving a pay cut of up to 40% unless you work in education, health or departments specializing in overseas aid. RE

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Smart Cities and the New Industrial Revolution

Smart Cities and the New Industrial Revolution | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Advances with smart technologies will transform society, just as advances during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries did.

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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

The first Industrial Revolution was mainly about the diffusion of new ideas and techniques. This is mainly the same as the new Industrial Revolution except for the fact that now we have more technology than we did then. Therefore we will have more ideas and better techniques than we did in the first Industrial Revolution. ~AW~

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Agriculture: Back to the Start

Coldplay's haunting classic 'The Scientist' is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled, "Back to the St...


Sure this is an animated commercial for Chipotle Grill, but this perfectly encapsulates the beliefs, values and ethics that underscore the organic farming movement. 

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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

When Seth Dixon scooped this, he said that it was a commercial for Chipotle Grill which I did not know. I would have never guessed that this was a commercial, I thought that it was showing how farming has change into what it is now and the farmers wanting to bring back the farms that they had, treating the animals the way they are supposed to be treated.


Aurora Rider's curator insight, October 24, 2014 10:14 AM

Sure this is a Chipotle commercial but is does a good job at showing the belief that we should go back to the old way of farming. The video shows a family farm being taken over by what appears to be some big corporation. Upon being taken over, the animals are confined in small compartments and injected by what appears to be antibiotics and some other unknown substance. The factories they are sent to are polluting the place. The farmer sees all of this and decides to go back to the start.

jada_chace's curator insight, October 26, 2014 7:17 PM

In the video it shows how the world has evolved in the way that humans take action on Mother Nature’s ways. In the beginning, there was a small family farm that was growing crops and animals. Shortly after that, it showed how small family farms are being taken over by the big agribusinesses. In today’s society that tends to happen more and more, which can be both good and bad on our economy. Unless people don’t make a change about the way we treat our food, nothing in our economy is going to get better. 

Cassie Brannan's curator insight, December 9, 2014 10:21 PM

This animated film shows you what agriculture is really like. Sometimes it is difficult to be a farmer because of all of the climate changes. When the weather changes off and on, it can kill the crops, making it harder for farmers to find food. So as you can see, farmers go through a lot and it take a lot of hard work to be a successful farmer.

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Migration in America - Forbes

Migration in America - Forbes | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"More people left Phoenix in 2009 than came. The map above visualizes moves to and from Phoenix; counties that took more migrants than they sent are linked with red lines. Counties that sent more migrants than they took are linked with blue lines."

AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

The map is what originally attracted me to this article, but I must admit that the actual article was very interesting. Lots of the moves were from Phoenix, Arizona. Why people moved from Phoenix was not information that was disclosed in the article, but because of that, it made me wonder and want to learn more about this topic. AW :)

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:36 PM

This map makes sense. Most of the areas in blue are the areas which are filled with diversity and mixed cultures. The areas in red or more rural or subarb areas which probably are filled with (not all) but lots of racist people who wouldn't normally accept mixed groups. This map kind of tells a lot about politics too, because most of where the migrants are settling is normally where a lot of Democrats tend to be, vs. the red and ALSO, the areas with neither blue or red, tend to vote more Republican. I also think it's interesting to see how the people who are mostly coming in our scattered around, but most stayed in the middle or east coast of the map. And the red areas are the west coast and the southern part of the east coap and the map.

Rachael Johns's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:21 AM

In this day and age we see more people migrating then staying. People move for numerous things, a trend that causes a lot of migration is when people retire they move to southern Florida. They get tons of sun rays and meet a lot of people their age there. Another reason people migrate is for jobs. If their job tells them they have to move across state they do which causes more migration. ~R.J~

Nolan Walters's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:30 AM

I've seen something like this before.  More people leaving a location than entering it.  Something may have caused them to move, Push and Pull factors are both in this.  Job opportunities or the extreme heat of Phoenix may have caused them to leave.  It shows that most people went to the Northeast, where it is cooler and has more people.

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Here's Which Disease Is Most Likely To Kill You Depending On Where You Live

Here's Which Disease Is Most Likely To Kill You Depending On Where You Live | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Most of the world will die of heart disease.

Via Jordan Schemmel
AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

Heart disease makes sense for a place like the United States, but other countries, I was surprised about. In a lot of countries, people were most likely to die from HIV or AIDS. Some of those countries are expected, but others, I wouldn't have expected. Also, in a few countries, people were most likely to die from Liver Cancer, which also came as a surprise. AW :)

Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, June 16, 2014 3:28 PM

The epidemiological transition is a key element of the demographic transition - in itself explaining how and when differently developed portions of the world lose population. Take a look at this map and see if you can locate any major trends!

Riley Tuggle's curator insight, August 27, 2014 10:00 AM

I believe heart disease is the most likely disease to kill citizens of the US because we have so many fatty foods to choose from up and down the aisle in about every local grocery store. Our kids are raised to think that eating junk food is perfectly okay, but once they get older it won't be. They will eat more and more fat-filled food until they weigh 300 pounds and have multiple diseases, including heart disease. We need to educate kids, especially in elementary school, how harmful these foods can be to our bodies. I realize that we try now, but maybe we need to try a little harder. I suggest we could replace cookies which a healthy but still delicious treat, such as a sweet fruit. This would help tremendously to help keep young children healthier in my opinion. Overall, we would making these changing for the better, keeping our country healthy and our bodies moving. 

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For some Americans, Arabic is a language of terror

For some Americans, Arabic is a language of terror | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Reading the pledge of allegiance in Arabic at a US high school sparked a furious backlash in upstate New York.

New York — It was intended to celebrate language and diversity. But reading the pledge of allegiance in Arabic at a US high school sparked a furious backlash in upstate New York.

Wednesday’s incident at Pine Bush High School, 128km northwest of New York City, angered students, parents, residents and even those who lost loved ones in Afghanistan.

The initial plan to celebrate National Foreign Language week was that students would read the daily American pledge of allegiance in a different language each day.

But when an Arabic-speaking pupil did so, she was harassed and called a terrorist, said senior class president Andrew Zink, 18, who approved the reading.

Zink, who stood by his decision, said he had received threats on Twitter. Veterans who live in the area told US media they opposed the pledge being read in any language other than English.

Local newspaper the Times Herald-Record said school superintendent Joan Carbone received complaints from residents who had lost relatives in Afghanistan — a non-Arab country whose main languages are Pashto and Dari — and from Jewish parents.

Pine Bush Central School District apologised and said that from now on, the pledge of allegiance will be recited only in English.

A statement on its website said the intention had been to celebrate Foreign Language Week and “the many races, cultures and religions that make up this great country and our school district”.

“We sincerely apologise to any students, staff or community members who found this activity disrespectful,” it said.

But the apology has angered Zink and others who say language has nothing to do with what it means to be American.

“Many people were angered about reading, but an equal amount are angered by the apology, so now everyone’s mad,” Zink said.

“America or even American isn’t defined in what language you speak in, but the ideas you believe in.”

Zink, who described Pine Bush as predominantly white, said the incident showed the small town is “not willing to accept other groups of people”.

Sadyia Khalique, a spokeswoman for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair), criticised the backlash.

“To see the language of Arabic ostracized and being used as a way to target communities or even lead to hate speech is something which is not a goal... of National Language Week,” she said.

Cair noted this was not the first time that Arabic had caused “prejudiced sentiment” in an American high school.

Hate calls and threats from parents namely followed a recitation of the pledge of allegiance in Arabic in 2013 in Colorado.

The same year, parents at a high school in Alabama opposed the introduction of Arabic lessons, claiming they would cause students to “learn a ‘culture of hate’,” Cair said.

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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

In my opinion on this article is that people were overreacting about the situation. If the school was celebrating Language week, then they should not be punished for it. Yes, this country has had terrorist attacks, but we should still be able to speak diverse languages. And, the Arabian girl did not deserve to be bullied for speaking Arab. 


Nolan Walters's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:50 AM

The reason that it was spoken in arabic was because the school was having a different language week, and the student in the announcements read the pledge in arabic. It got a very bad reaction because the stereotypes of arabic people being terrorists. I did not se a problem in the student who said the pledge in a different language.

Riley Tuggle's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:13 AM

I believe this event shows how stereotypical our world is. Arabic isn't a language of violence, its a language just like English. Yes, some terrorists may be Arabic, but terrorists are also English, Spanish, French, ect. Those terrorists should not allow us to see their language as disgraceful just because they spoke that language. The speakers of Arabic are probably disappointed and maybe even confused on why people of other languages see them as violent, and that isn't good at all. -RT

John Luo's curator insight, October 10, 2015 2:59 AM

concepts of prejudice --> prejudiced conclusions

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London, UK: The City that Privatized Itself to Death | Ian Martin | AlterNet.org

London, UK: The City that Privatized Itself to Death | Ian Martin | AlterNet.org | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

I wonder what in 100 years from now it will be, London. The city that privatised itself to death. Abandoned to nature, maybe, the whole place a massive, feral version of that mimsy garden bridge over the Thames currently being planned by the giggling classes. Poor London, the ancient and forgotten metropolis, crumbling slowly into an enchanted urban forest.

Imagine. In 2115, all the lab-conjured animals in Regent’s Park Jurassic Zoo are free to roam, reliving their evolution. A diplodocus there, grazing in the jungled Mall. Look, a stegosaurus asleep in the ruins of Buckingham Palace. High above the forest canopy, a lone archaeopteryx soars, where once hundreds of drones glided through YouTubed firework displays.

Perhaps eminent historians will study London in the early 21st century, see how its poorer inhabitants were driven out, observe how its built environment was slowly boiled to death by privatisation. And they will wonder why people tolerated this transfer of collective wealth from taxpayers to shareholders. And they will perhaps turn their attention to Eduardo Paolozzi’s fabled mosaics at Tottenham Court Road underground station.

Back in 2015, a debate has bubbled briefly, after some of these lovely, publicly owned mosaic murals were quietly dismantled as part of the station’s thorough £400m Crossrail seeing-to. I say “debate”; it was really only that polarised quackbait thing we have now: Click If You Think The Mosaics Are Great, We Should Save What’s Left Of Them v Smash Them Up They’re Ugly, Anyway Who Cares It’s Just Patterns On A Wall.

Arguments about the aesthetics of Paolozzi’s mosaics missed the point, it seemed to me, which has less to do with the merit of the art itself and more to do with what, in the long run, it turned out the art was for.


Paolozzi’s legacy had stood intact for three decades. Not just as 1,000 sq m of charming, optimistic art, but as 1,000 sq m of commercial retardant.


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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

I find this article very awful. The government should not be saying that firemen and dustmen are bad. They should not be destroying artwork. They really are privatizing themselves and this, I believe, will be regretted. In the future, I think they will look back on their actions and they will think how dumb they were being. 


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Ebola raises profile of blood-based therapy

Ebola raises profile of blood-based therapy | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Convalescent plasma therapy is trialled to fight Ebola, but could also be used for new and emerging pathogens


With no drugs available to treat Ebola, eyes are turning to a therapy that had largely been relegated to the history books: transfusing patients with blood plasma donated by survivors, which contains antibodies against the virus.


When available, drugs and vaccines are usually a better option. They are easier to mass-produce and administer, and their quality and dosing can be better controlled. CPT is more complicated — it requires collecting survivors’ blood, screening it for pathogens and then organizing patient transfusion. And standardizing batches of plasma is difficult, because antibody levels in donated blood can vary widely.


Results from the first safety and efficacy trials in West Africa are expected within weeks. If the therapy is effective, many of the thousands of Ebola survivors there will be potential donors, each capable of giving up to one litre of plasma every two weeks.


There is also growing evidence to support the broader testing of CPT. A 2006 review of 8 studies carried out during the 1918 flu pandemic1, and a review published last July of 32 studies on SARS or severe influenza2, both suggest that plasma can be an effective treatment. And a 2010 modelling study3 concluded that in a full-blown flu pandemic, the infrastructure of developed countries could probably harvest sufficient plasma from survivors for population-wide treatment of the ill. 


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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

After reading this article, I believe that giving blood transfusions from people who have survived Ebola would be a good idea for more developed and less developed countries alike. Doing this would make lots of people immune to the virus so that less people are likely to contract it and the people who do wouldn't be able to spread it to as many people. ~AW~

Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, December 31, 2014 2:42 AM

Ebola raises profile of blood-based therapy

Convalescent plasma therapy is trialled to fight Ebola, but could also be used for new and emerging pathogens.

Declan ButlerNature 517, 9–10 (01 January 2015) doi:10.1038/517009a23 December 2014

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GM food: harmful or helpful?

GM food: harmful or helpful? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
GM foods are seen by many as the answer to challenges posed by population growth and climate change, but the debate on their health implications is still raging.

Via Bronwyn Tivendale
AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

I wanted to scoop an article about Genetically Modified foods, This was the perfect article. This article has definitely changed my perspective on Genetically Modified foods. Before I read this article, I was okay with eating GM food because I knew how much of it is modified and how little wasn't, but now I am scared to eat foods that have been genetically modified. 

jada_chace's curator insight, October 26, 2014 7:48 PM

GMO’s or genetically modified food is when foods are produced and then taken any to be experimented on. GMO’s are dangerous and can harm the environment around us. Taking freshly produced food and then ‘poisoning’ it is cruel, it also post a threat to our economy. If we, throughout the years, keep doing this to our food eventually we will not be able to produce fresh crops in our farms today. It would be risky to many people in America today to trust GMO’s since it can harm them and the economy. 

Rodolfo Oscar Graneros's curator insight, July 24, 2015 4:32 PM

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Global and National Population Pyramids

Global and National Population Pyramids | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Interactive Visualization of the Population Pyramids of the World from 1950 to 2050...


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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

This population pyramid of the world is very interesting. I don't find it hard to believe how little the percentage of old people there are, and I also don't find it hard to believe that the pyramid starts out wide at the bottom and gradually get thinner the older the population gets. The majority of the population lies with the younger generation,but I would have expected the pyramid to be thicker than it is up until the fifties. AW :)

MissPatel's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:22 AM

If you struggle with population structure - this visualisation may be useful. 

Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:09 PM

This website allows the user to look into the past, and into the future of population all over the world. The population pyramids show the distribution between young and elder people. It is very interesting to see how the pyramid is able to show the predicted population pyramid of the future as well. 

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 6:39 PM

Access to health care, education, utilities, and sanitation - Population pyramids show population of different ages from each gender in a certain country. From population pyramids, you can conclude a country's development level. For example, if there is an equal population of all ages, this means that they have amazing health care, great education to educate women about birth control towards population, and good sanitation. From all of this information, you can tell how developed a country may be and perhaps also whether the country has many cities And urbanization. 

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Population 7 Billion

Population 7 Billion | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"Just 200 years ago, there were only 1 billion people on the planet, and over the next 150 years, that number grew to 3 billion. But in the past 50 years, the global population has more than doubled, and the UN projects that it could possibly grow to 15 billion by the year 2100. As the international organization points out, this increasing rate of change brings with it enormous challenges."


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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

I did not have time to read all of it, but what I did read astounded me. I had mo clue that  some of these countries suffered from overpopulation so badly. And in other countries, like Greece, their population has dropped by what seems like a small amount, but is actually a lot if you think about it. AW :)

Roman M's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:17 AM

At first, the world's population did not grow a lot. Now we are growing about 1 billion in 12 years, that is scary compared to the 200 years we grew about 1 billion. These are some pictures of some highly dense populations. It is even scarier that in 2100 the population is suspected to be 15 billion.

jada_chace's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:25 AM

Over the years our world population has grown enormously. Almost  200 years ago there was only 1 billion people in the world, and as time went on the population started to increase dramatically. By 2100, geographers say the population will grow to be 150 million people in the world. The population continues to grow throughout time, we therefore should be cautious on how we are to our environment.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 22, 2015 12:49 PM

I saw the pictures. It is amazing how peoples back yards are all different. From water to dirt to garbage to no back yards at all. I was commenting on the fact with the population growth there is only one way to build and that is up. Then i saw the pictures of the High risers and how tall they were and so close together. It is a no wonder people live in a stressful environment. There is nothing like living in a wide open land lot with grass in Wyoming or Montana but that sure will change in the next 50 years.

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40 maps that explain food in America

40 maps that explain food in America | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Where our food comes from, how we eat it, and what we drink to wash it down

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AmandaWilhiteee's insight:

This article really opened my eyes to what is going on in our beautiful country. I had no clue about most of the information in this article. I was especially surprised by  number six. I thought that wheat and grains would be harvested than anything else, so to find out that corn is actually harvested the most was a huge shocker.


I have fifty words, yay! AW

Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, June 16, 2014 3:31 PM

40 more maps! This time, on food in the United States. Remember that our scale is important, so it'd be fascinating to take these maps global, but bear in mind that they only show American trends. For now.

Phyllis Convery's curator insight, July 24, 2014 4:39 PM