Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Passion Project Update #2

My passion project is going very well! Most things are going well; however, I am trying to find more unique countries that people don't know much about. I researched on the food of countries such as Italian food, Chinese food and Japanese food so far, but I want to research more on countries that are less known, for example maybe Guyanese food? That is the only obstacle I am facing so far.... I am also researching the historical aspects of food and am creating a presentation. I learned how food progressed and how it evolved in each region. I have all my information on google docs, but I'm just not sure if I want to present my information on Prezi or Google Slides..... Otherwise, things are going great and my passion project gets more and more interesting each day I research and find out more!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Passion Project Update #1

(This is due Tuesday, but I won't be here Monday due to a tournament)....

Over the past two Fridays, I have been working very hard on my passion project. I started with the country China and have been evaluating--not only the food aspect, but the history of it as well. Even though it will require more work and more research to even evaluate the history, I believe that it is important because understanding the history can help me better understand how 'they have' the food they have. I am not facing any obstacles, as of now, but I am still wondering how I can pick and choose the best and most important food aspects of each culture because there are plentiful different foods and so much information about each culture! I am also trying to pick the most reliable websites for my research. I am also trying to make up 3 categories for each region--breakfast food, lunch food, and dinner food; however, some countries only have 2 big meals throughout the day, while other regions eat 4 diminutive meals during that whole day. Overall, I am liking this project because it is something new and I get to learn a lot not only about diet, but also about geography.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin had some very strong points about empathy. I think that he is right. I also think that empathy across the world is a very difficult challenge, but will be done in the future--at some point. I think we can bring our "empathic socialibity" by often meetings and constant communication. Communication solves almost everything. We need to learn to put ourselves in others shoes- and for that, we need to be able to talk to that person and see their point of view. After we understand what they are going through, we can take action and take further steps, but the first step is COMMUNICATION. I think that ISIS is a big issue facing humanity as a whole. At first, it was only a terrorist issue. However, now they are killing our US Journalists, and even worse, ISIS is teaching kids to hold a gun and shoot people. As we talked in class earlier, the average person learns about the concept of "death" at the age of 8. However, these children are learning to KILL people at the age of 6. Instead of learning, school is now for shooting and learning that ISIS is the best. ISIS is trying to turn young minds early into this terrorism so ISIS can grow and expand and get stronger. I believe that we can expand our empathy to the entire race. We just need to show the result of what is happening and talk to them. We need to show that there is a solution to every problem and we can end this misery. I think it is possible to extend our empathy!