March 10, 2009
By Elizabeth Strick
Landfills have been filling up at an alarmingly fast rate in recent years. The reason for the incredible amount of garbage in our world is due to overpopulation. The human population has grown in enormous amounts since the Industrial Revolution. The world population is currently around 6.7 billion people, according to the United States Census Bureau. Just 50 years ago the world population was hitting three billion and already it is almost seven billion. That is an incredible increase. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that if the population continues to grow at the rate it is currently growing at, the world population will reach nine billion people in the year 2040. If the population continues to grow, people will see even more impacts of the human race on the world. Already, coral reef systems are under stress because of the increase of CO2 in the atmosphere due to all the cars the world (especially the United States) relies on, according to overpopulation.org. Also, the wildfires that have become common throughout the world are due to poor land management and extreme weather. The extreme weather is most likely linked to climate change. And the climate change is possibly due to carbon emissions, according to overpopulation.org. Carbon emissions are also the cause of the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, according to overpopulation.org. This melting will raise the sea levels and alter the environment as we know it. The only solution to overpopulation is to initiate family planning programs and to take care of the people currently in the world. Many poor countries have problems with overpopulation due to the lack of contraceptives. The Green Umbrella Campaign for Family Planning started in Bangladesh in 1996. In 1998, the Scientific American reported that the average birthrate for women in Bangladesh had dropped from seven children in 1975 to three. This shows that a family planning program can work and needs to be implemented in other countries. Also, people in wealthy countries need to plan their families more carefully. Recently, a woman gave birth to octuplets in California after using invitro fertilization. And she had six children at home already. We must ask ourselves if this is morally and ethically right. She already had six children and then chose to have more. Couldn’t she have adopted eight children rather than bringing more children into this already overpopulated world? People need to think before they choose to give birth to so many children. Adoption is an option that is not just for those who cannot have children of their own, but for all people who want to care for the children already in our world. Adoption not only gives families to children who previously did not have one, but it will also reduce the number of people in the world. That will enable the environment the opportunity it needs to recover from the damage the overpopulated human race has done to it.
OGTs worth the prep OGTs. The Ohio Graduation Tests. A collective groan can be heard from all Northview underclassmen. So many emotions are associated with this state required graduation test. Fear, irritation, stress and anxiousness come to mind for many students. However, for most, there is a general indifference and lack of concern regarding the tests that determine whether one is able to graduate from high school. Yet, despite the negative connotation often associated with this test, we at NV need to change our view of the OGTs. The OGTs are, “assessments aligned to Ohio’s Academic Content Standards in reading, mathematics, science, social studies and writing that students in high school must take to demonstrate proficiency before graduation,” according to the Ohio Department of Education. They sound tough, but really, the test probably doesn’t even require any brain activity. Not the case. According to raw approximations from the ODE website, only 65% of all public high school tenthgraders passed all five of their OGTs as of March 2008. This means that a huge 35% of high school students fail at least one of their tests. Clearly, the OGTs must not be such a breeze. This may seem frightening, but it is an unfortunate reality. If one wants to graduate, one needs to put in some effort during their high school years. All right, but what can we actually do to make our views and our performances on the tests change? Teachers need to remind students that the tests are not something you just show up for without any planning. Broadcast the facts. Help students learn the right way to take the test. Students need to listen to their teachers when prepping
for the tests and remember to get a good night of sleep. Remember, the test will not kill you, but you still need to be prepared nonetheless. Put forth effort and look at the experience with a positive mindset. The OGTs are a tool for students and teachers alike. Are we really working our hardest in school? The tests are surely a wake up call and one can focus on improving study habits and writing skills. Teachers can review their lesson plans and methods of relaying difficult concepts to students. Believe me, I am not asking for more tests, nor am I excited when a big exam comes my way, but stopping to think about the OGTs’s true purpose helps to ease stress. The true point of education is to learn enough to make it out in the real world; we want to accomplish every single one of our goals. Think of the OGTs as a way of testing ourselves to make sure that we have not
forgotten why we begrudgingly wake up a 7a.m. to come learn everyday. We are testing our own knowledge and our ability to apply it and this is undeniably crucial. We are testing our plans for the future. The OGTs are a learning experience for all involved. Is NV preparing its students? We will surely find out. Thus, we need to take away the negative image we have come to associate with these graduation tests. Yes, they may be tests, but be mature enough to realize that the OGTs are only here to help ensure and strengthen our education. There is so much more to school and testing than simply the fact that they are requirements. And to all you underclassmen out there: Just remember, in one year or two, you too will get to spend an entire week sleeping in with that satisfaction of knowing that you will be handed that diploma: a ticket to the future.
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