Essays by leeto
The ability to communicate and interact daily with different people across the globe not only has changed the way we do business or what we study in school, but it also has changed our very understanding of citizenship. One of the consequences of living in a global world is the weakening of national boundaries and the recognition that we are all citizens of the world. Because both our present and future survival as a nation and a species depends upon our ability to embrace diversity and recognize the dangerous costs of rigid, uniform standards, it would be counterproductive to require all students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. While a national curriculum would produce a unified standard that would make college admission officers' jobs easier, a national curriculum, at least in the United States, would most likely further privilege white Americans at the expense of members of minority groups. Rather than benefiting either our children or our nation, a national curriculum would most likely destroy our educational system's ability to produce rich and productive educational experiences for diverse individuals with distinct needs and aspirations.
To the extent that contemporary culture is, by definition, current, it does have a much more immediate impact on students and people in general than do the arts and literature of the past. Contemporaneous events directly affect everyone alive at the time because they are occurring at precisely the same time as the individual's existence. But to paraphrase a famous philosopher: "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." To a great extent, past arts and literature shape who we are as people at least as much as, if not more than, contemporary culture does.
Teamwork as a whole can naturally produce an overall greater productivity through the concept of "synergy", where the total of the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts. But the idea that people work more productively in teams rather than as individuals is going to vary greatly between the types of teams that are organized, the end reward or motivation for both the team and the individuals, as well as the individuals themselves. Regarding individuals, some people are born with the desire to succeed, no matter what the situation or task that they are facing. These people may evolve into the classic "Type A" personalities that work ferociously because they are driven by an internal fire that says they must always be doing something, whether individually or as part of a team. Other people may desire to be less socially involved or are very highly competitive with other people. For these people, their work is most productive as individuals, because the very idea of cooperating with other people limits their effectiveness and efficiency because they simply do not want to be a part of the team. Whether this mindset is innate or developed over time does not matter, it is merely the state of their being and neither motivation nor rewards can generate inside them the desire to work collectively as a team.
The intensity of today's media coverage has been greatly magnified by the sheer number and types of media outlets that are available today. Intense competition for the most revealing photographs and the latest information on a subject has turned even minor media events into so-called "media frenzies". Reporters are forced by the nature of the competition to pry ever deeper for an angle on a story that no one else has been able to uncover. With this type of media coverage, it does become more and more likely that anyone who is subjected to it will have his or her reputation tarnished, as no individual is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. The advances in technology have made much information easily and instantaneously available. Technology has also made it easier to dig further than ever before into a person's past, increasing the possibility that the subject's reputation may be harmed.
Imagination is an integral part of any profession, enabling professionals and academics to think beyond their own experience and transcend seemingly insurmountable boundaries of thought or possibility. Moreover, imagination is the gateway to knowledge, since intellectual curiosity is the quintessence of human nature, and without that pursuit of understanding, there would be no knowledge to glean. I must profess, however, that I am ambivalent towards this subject, torn between my desire to ascribe this value to imagination and, on the other hand, my appreciation of the knowledge bases which govern it. In the end, though, I must err on the side of caution, known as knowledge, as the more important factor.
Technology is a hostile friend of human beings. The human being should be able to use it in a certain and advantageous way, such that it cannot harm him and his thoughts. The thinking of human beings is gone due to the new inventions and Technology.