In high school, I repeated math every summer.
It wasn’t that I couldn’t learn how to do it; I just didn’t care. What did math really have to do with life anyway? I was too busy booking concerts, playing music, and developing my passion for activism. I did o.k. in most of my classes, but honestly, what I was doing outside of school was more important. I developed skill sets generally unavailable in most high school classrooms: autonomy, ambition, determination and compassion.
Yet I often wonder how different my schooling experience would have been if my math teachers had tried to connect their content to the real world. Higher level math is essential to understanding how to compute data, run formulas, and break down complex economic equations. If my teachers had framed math problems in real world challenges, I may have spent my summers continuing my studies out of a passion to help others.
In viewing the site GlobalIssues.org, created by Anup Shah, I have learned much about the interconnectedness of issues that effect the global community. In specific, he does a great job showing how poverty and hunger are tied together, and continuing the web, shows how most poverty around the world is a result of political decisions made by world leaders. Essentially this means that people are choosing to let others suffer while they are filling their own stomachs. I get nauseated just thinking about it. I encourage you to visit his site and learn a thing or two about these issues. Here’s some questions that you might find answers to if you visit:
How much of humanity lives on less than $10 a day?
Is it true that more than 25,000 children die from poverty everyday?
How many people entered the 21st century without the ability to read or sign their names?
How many people live without electricity?
Is it true that the richest country on earth has the widest gap between rich and poor?
I promise that the answers are there, with citations and links. So please take a look and post a comment about your findings.
In other news, we’re having our friend Dave over for dinner tomorrow night, so we’ll have to eat even less than usual tomorrow. I’m very interested to see how it goes. I wonder if he’ll leave hungry, or if he’ll be satisfied. I can’t wait to see what he has to say about this whole thing, and it will be a great way to continue having this conversation.
Here’s to an even smaller tomorrow,
Breakfast: Oatmeal – $0.05 (less than a cup cooked)
Lunch: 1 Bowl of Broccoli Potato Soup – $0.27, Half an Orange – $0.09
Dinner: 2 Bean & Rice and Burritos – $0.29 ( Beans – $0.07, Rice -$0.14, Tortillas – $0.08), 1 extra tortilla – $0.04, Taco Sauce – $0.12 (Kerri only), Lettuce – $0.04 (Kerri only), Margarine – $0.02 (Kerri only)
Dessert – 1 Cup of TANG – $0.07 (Christopher only)
Christopher Total: $0.81
Kerri Total: $0.92
Donation Total: $652
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