Democracy And Human Rights

Democracy And Human RightsIn democratic societies such as the United States and much of Europe, it is important that human rights are recognized because if they’re not it causes problems such as poverty, crime, broken families, rise in mental health issues and problems in the education system. The government is responsible for creating laws that allow for the fair treatment of individuals so that everyone can get along in the world without too much tension, that may become harmful. Nonprofit organizations and advocacy groups exist for the purpose of giving people an education about what their rights are and about ethical values that promote a better life for all.

Women’s Rights And Democracy

One cannot discuss human rights in a democracy without discussing women’s rights. For centuries in the United States until the 1920s, women could not vote and for many decades there were no strict laws that gave punishment to men who committed domestic violence against women. Sadly in nations within Africa and the Middle East, women still suffer  from a lack of basic human rights. As for economic rights for women, they have achieved amazing victories and in fact more women are graduating from college and entering more diverse careers than men. However many women are still denied equal pay for their work and some do not get fair chances at promotion.

How You Can Have Laws Changed in A Democracy

In a democracy people can do a variety of things to have laws changed that they think are unfair to society. Start by identifying the aspects of certain laws or pieces of upcoming legislation that you do not believe in and then you should seek support from individuals and nonprofit organizations who agree with you. You should research the specific laws thoroughly to make sure that they are unconstitutional and once you do this you can locate your representative and state your concerns in a letter or by phone. Attend some sessions concerning the laws you want changed and you can ask others to get involved.

Impact of American Civil Rights Movement

Racial discrimination was a dark stain in America’s history and human rights were violated for hundreds of years prior to the rise of the civil rights movement. The history of racial injustice in America started with involuntary slavery and as slavery became ingrained in American society, the slaves were subjected to harsh treatment. Slave families were also separated during slave auctions and after slavery ended African Americans endured employment discrimination, brutal lynchings and other kinds of in justice. By the 1950s things started to turn around when leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. demanded equal rights and over time new laws were put in place to protect the rights of African Americans, women and other minorities.

What Are Some of The Basic Rights of Those Living in A Democracy?

One of the most important rights in a democracy is the right to fair and free elections. When election fraud occurs in a democracy, the citizens’ rights are violated and this could lead to widespread frustration and even disillusionment with the democratic process. In a democracy the people also have a right to equal participation in the exchange of ideas and the right to petition the government for better laws.

Rights of Former Prisoners

Another part of a fair democracy is the fair treatment of current and former prisoners. One issue in particular is the lack of rights in some states for former prisoners to participate in the voting process. Another issue is the widespread employment discrimination against former prisoners and some human rights advocates say that this discourages former prisoners. When former prisoners experience employment discrimination they’re more likely to reenter the prison system.

What Citizens’ Responsibilities Are

While citizens in a democracy enjoy the rights of fair elections, ability to engage in civil affairs and a free press, they also have responsibilities. These responsibilities include paying taxes, obeying the laws, not infringing upon the liberties of others around them, staying informed on the political issues of the day, serve on a jury if asked and if necessary, perform military service.

Rights of The Homeless

The plight of the homeless is a human rights issue that is still not being addressed in our society and part of this is because of a misconception that many people are homeless due to an unwillingness to work. This is not true because a majority of homeless persons desire employment but in light of the tough economy, it is difficult for them to find work. Social service agencies should make job skills training for the homeless a top priority so that they can have a better life.

Children’s Rights

A well established democracy must protect the rights of children but in today’s modern world those rights are not always protected. We see this in the complex nature and horrors of child sex trafficking around the world and the numerous cases of child sex abuse within some religious organizations. Another human rights battle regarding children is the basic right to a good education and in the United States in particular, this issue is huge. Our government, educational institutions, religious institutions and regular citizens must do everything possible to ensure children’s well being.

How You Can Advocate for Human Rights

One good method of advocating for human rights is to utilize the media. Write letters to the editors of local newspapers and magazines about issues that concern you, or you can start your own blog to raise awareness of certain human rights issues. Another way to advocate for human rights is to actively seek out opportunities to help those in need. You can do this by volunteering at a homeless shelter, recording stories of veterans who feel ignored by society, and tutoring low income children in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

In conclusion, human rights is a broad issue with many facets. You should learn about what your rights are in the country you live in, so that you will be able to defend them, should the government attempt to violate them.

Little Things To Make Your Life Better

Little Things To Make Your Life BetterAre you tired of living your life the same old way while getting no results? If so, there are some things you can do to improve your life over the next few months or even weeks. It just takes a new attitude, determination and some effort.

Set A New Sleep Schedule

Part of the reason why you’re not always feeling your best is because you do not get enough sleep at night. You should set a new sleep schedule at night and stick to it so that your sleeping habits improve and that you’ll feel great physically. If you work late at night or during overnight hours, try to set a nap time during the day in order to feel refreshed.

Influence Someone Else’s Life

If your mind is always focused on your problems, you won’t feel better about your life. You should spend part of your life influencing others who need your time, expertise and compassion. You can influence others in a variety of ways. These include tutoring children, helping people prepare resumes, sitting with elderly relatives who feel lonely, and sacrificing your own comforts to visit friends who are in the hospital or in prison.

Place A Higher Priority On Your Spiritual Life

Another thing you need to do is place a higher priority on your spiritual life because it is your spiritual life that will determine how you’ll carry out the other aspects of your life. If you are a Christian you want to spend more time in prayer and Bible study so that your life will change and that you can be less stressed.

Change Your Eating Habits

Sometimes your life is not what it should be because you’re eating the wrong foods and not exercising. Throw out all the junk food in your pantry and replace it with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Instead of soft drinks drink more water and natural fruit juices. Watch the portions you eat during the day and never eat more calories than you’re able to burn off.

Seek Counseling

Sometimes it is your emotional issues that cause your life to remain stagnant and in this case you should get counseling. When you meet with the counselor talk about your past hurts, failures and other circumstances that are leading to your current struggles. Write down suggestions that the counselor gives you and put them into practice regularly so that you’ll heal emotionally.

Don’t Isolate Yourself From Loved Ones

Another thing you should do is stay connected with loved ones and friends because they help you maintain a better life through encouragement and just by spending time with you. If your friends invite you out to dinner, accept the invitation even if you’re depressed because you need to be out with others if you want things to improve.


Living a happier life doesn’t take a lot; it just takes some small steps and a positive attitude. When your life changes, those around you may be inspired to do the same thing.

Youth’s Modern Beliefs Vs. Core Values

Youth's Modern Beliefs Vs. Core ValuesThere has been much talk about the attitudes of our youth today and how it contrasts with the values of older generations. Today’s younger generation is also known as the Millennials and they were born between 1981 and probably the early 90s although some have mentioned generation Y which extends from the 90s forward. Millennials and Generation Y members do have a set of values that some find troubling while others find refreshing depending on the person.

Some of The Main Qualities of Younger Generation

Today’s youth are more tech savvy than in previous decades and this means that they are accustomed to completing tasks quickly and they no longer have to wait hours to gather research or do other things. Another quality of the younger generation is the sense of entitlement that they possess at times. It is this quality that irritates many in the older generations since they believe that a person achieves success through hard work and having humility in their lives. We also see that younger persons are high achievers and they strive to do well in all aspects of life.

Role of Religion in Younger Generation

In decades past, older generations of Americans were deeply involved in their religious devotion but now things have changed significantly in this area. A majority of younger Americans ages 18 to 29 are less religious today than their parents and grandparents. Among the younger generation there is less church attendance and less daily prayer although there are some within the younger generation who have embraced non-Christian forms of spirituality such as Hinduism or Buddhism.

About Baby Boom Generation

The baby boom generation is one of the largest generations in American history and baby boomers are those born between 1946 to 1964. Early stage baby boomers grew up right after World War II and during the rise of the Cold War that spread throughout parts of Europe. Baby boomers witnessed much of the social unrest that surrounded the civil rights movement and the birth of rock n roll. This was the beginning of the TV generation and there was a daily diet of news concerning the Vietnam war. As for dating relationships, premarital sex was on the rise and it coincided with the feminist movement in the mid 60s and early 70s. During that generation abortion became legal and there was a rise in the divorce rate.


It’s clear that the youth’s modern values are at odds with those of older generations and more should be done to bridge this gap so that both generations will get along better and work well for the betterment of their communities. The youth need to respect the older generation’s values and not denigrate or ignore them. The older generation should try to understand the values, goals and frustrations of the youth so that they can impart wisdom to the youth. When this happens our society becomes a better place and the generation gap will heal.

The Importance and Power of Education

The Importance and Power of EducationIt has been said that without the best education, it will be almost impossible for someone to find a good job and build financial independence. A good education doesn’t always mean a degree from a four year university but you can get a solid education from a community college or through an apprenticeship where you get on the job training. Here are some of the advantages of getting a good education.

You Gain Lifelong Knowledge

One of the best reasons to get an education is because it contributes to lifelong knowledge as you get older. Gaining an education doesn’t end when you leave college because you’ll also need education to give you the information needed to succeed in the practical aspects of life such as marriage, childrearing, spirituality, employment, and understanding the world around you. For example, you may obtain education by attending business seminars or homeownership classes.

Your Employment Chances Improve

Even though it is tough to find a good job as a college graduate these days because of a bad economy, you didn’t waste your time in college because generally a college degree is the stepping stone towards a career where you can utilize the skills you obtained in school and your innate talents. The key is to network as often as possible after graduation and you can do this by joining local professional groups and getting leads from relatives and friends.

You Get Innovative Ideas

Getting an education doesn’t mean that you have to work for someone else your entire life. Having a solid education allows you to tap into your creativity and think of innovative ideas that you can use to start a business with. For example, if you studied economics in college and you completed an internship at an accounting firm, you may decide to open your own bank to service low income neighborhoods in your city.

You’ll Have A Higher Standard of Living

When you’re a college student you’re likely to have a higher paying job and as a result it will be easier to enter and maintain a middle class lifestyle for years. This means that you’ll be able to move in a better neighborhood and you will be able to afford a nice car. You’ll be able to save money for the future through retirement accounts and you can save for your child’s education.

Stronger Social Skills

Another benefit of getting a good education is that you have stronger social skills. While you’re in college you’re establishing new friendships and you’re learning how to communicate in a professional setting through your experiences in the classroom and through internships. You’re able to communicate confidently about social issues and you can hold conversations with others in a respectful way.


Whether you’re a college graduate or a high school graduate who went straight into the workforce, you know how important a good education is to your life overall and you will reap these benefits on a daily basis.

Positive Influence of Strength and Endurance Training for Youth

Positive Influence of Strength and Endurance Training for YouthBoth strength and endurance training are good for practically everyone, regardless of age, physical fitness or level of experience. There is a distinct positive influence on people who are physically active. Whether it’s an increase in blood flow, or oxygen getting to the brain, or muscle strength, the specifics don’t matter. Everyone benefits from exercise in different ways, you see. However, everyone benefits in one way – moods seem to improve universally among people who are active, over people who are regularly inactive. There’s science behind this too, so it’s not just words on a screen.

Exercise releases endorphin into the bloodstream. Anyone who has studied brain chemistry, receptors and the like will already know what endorphins do. For everyone else, they basically make you feel good. They are the neurotransmitters released when you eat something that tastes good, or complete a difficult task, or get told yes by the person you love when you ask them to marry you. Regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to keep these flowing in your brain – there are no calories to count, no puzzles to stress over and no possible rejection involved.

This particular benefit may not be easy to see, but there are those which will be more immediately apparent. Strength training increases strength naturally – watch your children as they realize they are able to lift more, push more, do more, and you’ll see what it does for their confidence. Likewise, endurance training will raise endurance. Being able to bike, run, swim or play a sport for longer than the next athlete could be the edge your child needs to succeed. There’s little doubt that exercise has many positive side effects, but what’s the best regimen to get the most out of the time spent exercising?

Well, one of the WVAFT members here highly recommends modern training methods to increase strength and endurance – Crossfit. Check over here for more information about that. I’m no expert on the matter, but from what I understand, it’s a special type of exercise that tries to get as many of a person’s muscles involved in the workout as possible, certainly a far cry from doing squats or pumping iron. Though, those exercises could be incorporated into the workout. Anyhow, just check the link if you want to know more about that. There’s also another way you might help your child to achieve their best.

We are all born with inherent talents, but there are many actions which come easier to some of us than the rest of us. Athletics specifically are not for everyone. Then, there are those who make great athletes, but have little ability to prepare healthy food if you drop them into a kitchen. In addition to getting regular exercise, youth may take supplements for beneficial reasons, for example these. Different nutritional supplements will provide different benefits to the user, and some supplements may contain ingredients which could cause negative or allergic reactions in your child, so be sure to read labels thoroughly.

Health Benefits of Plants in Classrooms

Health Benefits of Plants in ClassroomsEducators have been touting the benefits of having pets in the classroom for many years now. While older students may not be so thrilled with taking care of a gerbil, hamster or other rat-like creature, the younger crowd really seems to light up when you introduce an animal to the learning environment. However, animals require regular feeding, which means regular food purchases. They also need space to move around, some exercise, a proper diet, all of those things. Don’t forget, there’s really no controlling what an animal ultimately does. These are all reasons your classroom might be better off using plants.

The health benefits of having plants in classrooms are numerous. They may not all be immediately apparent though. Granted, few of the health benefits are inherently physical in nature, so they may be very hard to see for those who aren’t specifically watching out for them. I’m talking about the mental health benefits of seeing something alive and knowing you’re playing a role in making that happen. I’m talking about the social health benefits of working together with other people to accomplish a task and continuing to work with those same people over a long length of time.

I dare say I’m a bit of an expert on the effects of having plants around, since I have my own rather extensive at-home garden. I use cost efficient grow lights that use fluorescent tubes. If you’re going to be growing anything indoors, I highly recommend getting lights like these because they use a little less energy throughout the day if they’re on all day, when compared to other types of bulbs. They’re the same type of bulbs I use with my students in our classes, more information about them is available here.

Plants around the classroom may not seem like much, but they actually help the entire room to focus better and more sharply as a whole. Building a sense of unity among your students, at least in my own experience, is crucial to getting them to work together and maintaining an air of peace in your classroom. There are plenty of ways to do this, to create this solidarity, but you probably don’t have thousands of dollars lying around to take everyone out on a ropes course, like many businesses do. These kids need to be educated and quickly to give them an edge in this highly competitive world.

That said, I’ll do anything that helps my kids to study better and get more out of the time they spend studying. The way things are right now, kids go to school for 6 or more hours a day, then get an hour of homework a night from 5 or 6 different classes – it’s really ridiculous, don’t you think? Having plants around the classroom allows students to quite literally stop and smell the roses. During a day that’s hectic enough already, don’t you think it would be nice if more of us could take a moment to enjoy something so natural and free?

Importance of Studying IT in Schools

Importance of Studying IT in SchoolsDeciding on a major in college is one of the most difficult choices any person will make in his or her life. A field of study should yield a good deal of new knowledge for an aspiring student, but it should also be something with which that student can make a decent living, once they’re finished with school and ready to move into the working world. Healthcare is a booming career field these days, but many folks don’t want to take care of the injured, sick or dying. I don’t blame them. I’ve never been in a hospital I liked.

Another booming field that only promises further growth is Information Technology, or IT. Majoring in IT or a field related to it is a solid choice because there are always technology related jobs, like programmers, working in offices, or project managers, working at certified tier 3 data centers. Yes, some IT positions are pretty basic, involving rudimentary work keeping computers running in places like warehouses, supermarkets and other workplaces.

However, the IT field also produces plenty of designers and architects, some of which design modern data centre concept and effectively revolutionize the way information is stored and shared. These are like modern day librarians in a sense, since they categorize and sort information in a way that makes it easy to find when searched for later. Unlike librarians though, they need a great deal of intensive, hands-on education and technical knowledge to perform their job duties. Creating and maintaining data centers involves much more than placing books on shelves in alphabetical order, that’s for sure.

There are certainly other fields where one might make a killing, but if you’re looking for a truly solid educational investment, studying IT is more or less guaranteed to pay off in the end. Like health care which I already mentioned, IT is a field which will see only increasing demand for skilled people as we move towards the future. The only way there would suddenly be less of a need for good IT professionals is if we have, like, World War 3 or something, and electronic data storage, computers and all that end up destroyed, and we lose the knowledge on how to create them.

That horrific scene I’m describing is less likely to happen than me winning the lottery, as far as I’m concerned. If you really think about it, the fact that the cloud even exists is proof that it will keep on existing. Because all that information is out there and ready to be retrieved, it would be hard to get rid of in a single, swift movement. It’s not like burning out a library, where a bunch of books are stored. Hundreds or even thousands of people all have the information stored in these data centers, on their own computers and devices, so it is pretty much impossible for it to be lost.

My doom-saying aside, the importance of studying IT in schools is still hard to argue against. If you don’t have another thing you’re skilled at, or if you’re looking for a skillset you can rely upon from the time you get out of school to the time you go into the ground, IT is it.