GEN 499 week 5 discussions

Discussion 1

I consider myself to be a fairly educated individual and I do my best to keep current on world affairs. However, this is the first time I have ever heard of “Global Citizenship”. Therefore, I turned to the internet to educate myself.  I am thoroughly ashamed because the idea of global citizenship has been around for quite a long time. In fact as early as 404 B.C. when Diogenes claimed “I am a citizen of the World”. I am still not sure if Global Citizenship is an idea where we are all brothers and sisters of the world or is a political concept were everyone is under one government. This is far too complicated a subject to understand in a mere two to three weeks. However, I will continue my research and formulate my opinion as I gain a greater understanding of Global Citizenship.  Depending on the time in which you lived, technology has always brought the people of the world closer and closer together. However, today, the most powerful technology that brings both nations and peoples together is the internet. One does not have to look too far to find numerous examples of how the internet is used to shape our daily lives. The use of the internet can have both positive and negative benefits. A prime example of the positive is the presidential election of 2008. President Obama used the internet to communicate with millions of people to get his message of hope and change to the people. Although the internet is 45 years old, we have only in recent past learned to use its power to our advantage. The internet has allowed our elected officials to communicate with millions of people in an instant whereas if they had to rely on old fashion campaigning methods and the use of town hall meetings and campaign stops it would take months to communicate with the same amount people you can in a matter of minutes using the internet. There are several negative effects of the internet as well. The most obvious is bad people using it for bad reason (sexual predators and scam artist).  I was listening to the news a few months ago and I heard a young lady (about 16 years old) lambasting her parents on how few friends they had. Her parents replied, really, I never see you go anywhere other than your room. She replied that see does not have to leave her room; she has over 500 friends that she communicates with daily. Although the internet allows us to communicate with hundreds if not thousands of people, we lose the intimacy of physical contact with our fellow human beings. The same can be said for the use of the World Wide Web (WWW). I could write numerous pages on the advantages and disadvantages of modern technology and the effect it has on the world. But I will stay with my original thought that the internet or more specially the World Wide Web has the greatest impact on our ability to share our ideas and thoughts with other nationalities and religious groups. The amount of information available to the average person is staggering. If I relied on the various news agencies to provide me with information regarding what is happening in the Middle East, I would make the assumption that all Muslims are Radical Extremist and want to kill me as I am an infidel.  However, my ability to access numerous sources of information with the touch of the finger has allowed me to full understand that the “Islamic State” or “IS” is not representative of the Muslim faith and is in fact an isolated entity. For every example one can give as to the advantages of the internet, there are an equal number of disadvantages.  I utilize the internet to my advantage; such as banking, communication, navigation, medical research, education; however, I will not let it rule my life. With freedom comes responsibility. The internet is analogous to nuclear power. It can be used to benefit mankind or it can be use to destroy mankind. We must be responsible not only to ourselves by to mankind as a whole.    (Lives of Eminent Philosophers. Diogenes Laertius. R.D. Hicks. Cambridge. Harvard University Press).Folk, R. (1993). The making of global citizenship. Global visions: Beyond the new world orderDavies, L. (2006). Global citizenship: abstraction or framework for action? Educational review, 58(1)Davies, I., Evans, M., & Reid, A. (2005). Globalising citizenship education? A critique of ‘global education’ and ‘citizenship education’. British Journal of Educational Studies, 53(1), 66-89.

Discussion 2

Returning back to college after 10 years was very scary to say the least. I was worried that I had lost all the knowledge I once had. Over the years trying to work my way up in a corporate world without a degree I had to sit back and watch how things would change with education and technology. Once I started here at Ashford University my courses including this one taught me that keys to success is critical thinking and communication skills. I say this because I have learned to think outside the box. An answer to a question is not always the apparent one. And once you have your answer you need to know how to convey that answer. Most of the time one’s perception is their reality so you want to deliver exactly what you mean.

The most important concept that I have learned during this class is to put myself out there. Be a part of something. Learning about social capital was a huge eye opener for me. I have always said I came back to school to get a degree to be able to have a career instead of a job. I didn’t realize how much of who you know can be more important than what you know just to make a difference. I have attended Ashford for a year, and in every course it has taught me more and more about time management. This concept I have not only incorporated in my life for my studies but to better my lifestyle.

I do a lot of volunteering in my community and I feel that effective communication is a key contributing skill that I have learned that assists while I do so. While volunteering I am normally the person in charge so I had to delegate the duties to other volunteers. To acquire the position of being in charge it seemed I was always the person who put the volunteer mission together, which also requires me to distribute my enhanced writing skills.

Many of the skills learned in my educational courses will be used going forward in my life. Logic is used whether it is in my personal or professional life. I will use logic to validate all aspects of my life. Being that I plan to become a probation officer the first skill that comes to mind that will be used is interpersonal skills. These skills will assist me handling clients with many different personalities while trying to provide a positive interaction. Knowledge that I have acquired that will assist in my professional development is in regards to behaviorism.  One’s behavior can be triggered from many things and as a probation officer it will be my duty to figure out what my clients trigger is, any surrounding risk, and alternative solutions.