In this instance, changing the current system should occur, so that people can keep insurance and afford to buy medicine. On the flip side of this argument for change, many people who wouldn't have been able to obtain health insurance at all because of health issues now are able, and a change in the opposite direction would have dire effects. So when and how do you decide to make the change?
Change should occur in any situation when it has a defined benefit, without repercussions or low detrimental effect. In our healthcare example, did the system benefit everyone? Most would argue that it has not. So, a change should be warranted, but not without careful planning. Something that has such a large impact on the well-being of so many people has to be scrutinized by many different experts to ensure that the best possible change will be implemented. With that being said, the key to such a change is in the implementation; making it easy to embrace by everyone with little disruption to the normal routine. Because let's face it, we are all creatures of habit and naturally are adverse to interruption. If we can make the change that is best for everyone without disdain, it will be successful. So, on that note, we wish Bob Costas and Mike Tirico the best, and we hope that the change will benefit everyone. We can't help but say that it does feel like "the times they are a changing"-Bob Dylan.
One idea that has been proposed in the past is the idea of free college tuition for all citizens of the United States. That is a magnificent idea, but how could we possible pay for it? One suggestion would be to impose a mandatory 2 year commitment in some sort of service area (military, disaster relief, public area maintenance), in exchange for four free years of tuition at any public university or college. A certain number of hours would have to be completed working in that service, in order for the tuition to be waived. Employees would be replaced with volunteers, and money saved on wages would be put in a trust for education. Essentially, the prospective student would be receiving pay in the form of free tuition, and real world experience that is also an integral part of a valuable education. The pro to this argument is that we are providing work experience to young people while earning money for college, which might develop into a career in those areas of need. The con side of this argument is that we would be taking paying jobs from people in these service areas, and replacing them with inexperienced workers therefore providing a lesser quality of service.
What do you think? We want to hear your comments and suggestions on this topic, because progress cannot be made without great ideas. We believe that education is the foundation to everything in our society, and we must do what we can to ensure that we make quality learning available to all.
So where did poetry come from? Poetry comes from the Greek language, and means "i create" (poetry.org). Poetry in fact, came before literacy, and was a means of storytelling, recording history orally, genealogy and law. Additionally, earlier societies used poetry in their liturgy, which is thought as a way for priests to better remember passages due to the rhythmic nature of poetry. Some of the earliest evidence of poetry is recorded in religious works and hymns, and in song that portrays the beliefs and customs of past cultures (poetry.org).
Poetry in fact, has continued to evolve into different forms and for different audiences and uses today. It is used in its purest literary form, to convey the thoughts and feelings of a group of people in a political setting, or to recite a remembrance of someone passed. It is used in entertainment, such as in rap music, or in a "slam" competition where local poets gather to verbally present their works in front of an audience for judging. Poetry is also used in schools, to help in memorization of a concept, or to learn history and sentiment from the great poets of the past. Finally, there have been numerous studies conducted over the past 25 years suggesting that the use of poetry by individuals is a healthy means of self-expression, which by expressing of one's emotions can aid in therapy for a variety of mental conditions (Psychologytoday.com, 1/16/11).
So, with that being said, let us leave you with a poetic thought :o))
Time is ticking,
No need for a clock,
So get out there,
And make sure you rock!!
Not only has Albert been recognized with the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award, The Rutgers Legacy Award, The Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award, The Samuel Greitzer Award at Rutgers University, The Rutgers Newark Alumni Association Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and Mr. Ebony 2015, but he has helped another young gentleman through his mentorship achieve what he never thought possible.
Albert began mentoring and tutoring Darius* through a program at Rutgers. Darius is bi-racial, and was having trouble with bullies and with feeling like he didn’t fit in with either the African-American or White community. Through their tutoring sessions, Albert and Darius became friends. Albert helped Darius to realize the potential within himself, and encouraged him to attend college. Now, Darius is a successful college student who has achieved Dean’s List every semester. By helping Darius, Albert felt that the experience brought him “immeasurable joy and showed me that my true calling is to mentor other people.” That is why Albert decided to “turn my passion for teaching into a career”, as well as aspire to one day start an organization that can help underprivileged minorities get into elite colleges.
Truly an inspiration, Albert has overcome difficult obstacles in his life by being “ambitious, motivated, and setting high goals for myself”. What advice would he like to offer other students who are pursuing a career in teaching and or who are faced with adversity? “Try to get help wherever you can, and take advantage of new opportunities. It doesn’t matter where you came from or whatever hand life gives you, there is nothing to stop you from achieving your goals.” This is fantastic advice from a fantastic young man, and let’s hope that we can all to strive to be more like Albert.
Congratulations to Albert and to all of the winners from the latest round of Fund for Thought scholarships. We currently have 47 scholarships available worth $2,000 each. The deadline for entry is March 31, 2017. Visit http://www.fundforthought.com/scholarships.html to apply.
*Name has been changed to protect the person’s identity.
noun win·ner \ˈwi-nər\
Definition of winner
Aside from the technical definition of winner in the dictionary, do you have a personal definition of what constitutes a winner? Many of us often think of winning as coming in first place in a competition, but can't it also mean finishing, especially when what you are trying to accomplish is extremely difficult? Think about a marathon runner-that person is faced with an almost insurmountable task of running 26.2 miles. AND, not to mention, the race is a competition to see who can run the distance the fastest and come in first place! For many (myself included), running that many miles IN A WEEK would be a major win. So what is really winning? We think it is about accomplishing your goals. Whether it is setting out to run a marathon, getting an A in your most difficult class, paying off your debt, or landing that new job, the fact that you strived to meet that goal makes you a winner. So next time you are feeling like you just can't win, take a step back and look at what you have accomplished. Continue to work hard, be positive, focus on your goals, and you will win every time.
Speaking of winning, Fund for Thought will be announcing the winners of the November 30th scholarship entries soon. We wish you all the best of luck, health, happiness, and prosperity in 2017!!