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A Take On The Real Importance Of Community Service

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All throughout my life, I have been super involved and passionate about community service and philanthropy. From raising money for breast cancer, Children’s Miracle Network, and the Starkey Hearing Foundation to going out into the community and spending time helping others, I have dedicated a large portion of my life to serving others.

Many people, unfortunately, look at this type of service as a punishment or as something that is usually forced. In high school, it became particularly evident to me that people are not nearly as passionate about philanthropy as I am or as we should be as a society. However, in college students have become exceptionally excited about certain philanthropies that they feel attached to through their particular organizations, greek or non-greek. This truly makes me happy as nothing has shaped my personality more than the community service opportunities I have participated in and volunteer groups I have been part of.

Personally, I have done most of my giving back through working with children. All four years of high school, I volunteered my time as a cheer coach. Putting in about 200 hours a season (about one semester) was definitely tiring, but so rewarding when you see little faces light up upon your arrival and a gold medal around your neck at the end of the season. There is a similar feeling that comes from being a camp counselor. Since the age of 14, I have been partaking in the wonderful camp counselor experience that many high school and college students have. For three summers, I did work with these camp organizations for free and I truly recommend this experience to everyone.

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There is nothing like being rewarded through something other than money for your hard work. Seeing a smile, or hearing a laugh, or even feeling the excitement people feel as you return to accompany them is an indescribable feeling. I once read a Facebook post about doing good recklessly, which essentially means doing good things all the time and for no reason at all, just because you can. This trend is something that I have adopted into my daily life and that is largely in part to my love for philanthropy and charity work. Helping others and doing good for the sake of just doing it is something that can make you a better society member and I know all of my volunteering through different outlets has truly helped me find myself.

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Now, in college, I have dedicated myself to raising money for Children’s Miracle Network through Dance Marathon and for hearing loss and prevention/The Starkey Hearing Foundation through my sorority, Delta Zeta. I have committed myself to do good recklessly by giving back to these organizations and obtaining as many donations as possible to benefit their amazing causes.

As a big advocate for community service, I strongly encourage everyone to get out into the community and become part of something that helps others. Whether you tutor at a school, assist the staff at an animal shelter, or get out and plant a garden in your community, every little bit helps promote kindness and a more giving and loving world.

 

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New York University professor fired after students say his class was too hard

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The firing of a New York University (NYU) professor who was the subject of a petition from students who said his class was too hard continues to stoke controversy, as some parents and teachers say the incident points to a lowering of academic standards.

Maitland Jones Jr, a professor of organic chemistry, was fired by NYU after more than 80 students from his 350-student course signed a petition complaining about grades, teaching and help received during the Covid pandemic.

Jones, 84, received a message from the dean of science in August terminating his contract, the New York Times reported.

Chemistry professors opposing the decision wrote to several NYU deans, saying they were worried the case could undermine faculty freedom and weaken proven teaching practices.

“We are all on the same side of wanting students to succeed but we are using misaligned, and in many cases flawed, metrics to evaluate success,” Stephanie Lee, one of the professors who signed the letter, said in a tweet.

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“One consequence of this misalignment is that our actions are becoming fear-driven.”

The student petition protested that Jones’s class was too hard and that students lacked resources and help. It did not say the professor should be fired.

“We urge you to realize that a class with such a high percentage of withdrawals and low grades has failed to make students’ learning and wellbeing a priority and reflects poorly on the chemistry department as well as the institution as a whole,” the petition read.

Jones, a widely accredited professor known for writing an organic chemistry textbook, told the Times he had been thinking of retiring but was worried what the NYU decision could mean for other professors and faculty.

An NYU spokesperson defended the firing, emphasizing high student withdrawals and bad course evaluations. The statement said the decision was also based on complaints about dismissiveness, unresponsiveness, condescension and lack of transparency about grading.

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Some students believe the pandemic completely disrupted their ability to prepare for classes such as organic chemistry, a fundamental course for those hoping to go to medical school.

Some parents are pushing back. Several groups have said the NYU decision is indicative of a problem in a school system they believe is too lenient on students.

“When paying for an education at a reputable university, we should expect quality professors to intellectually challenge our students, helping them to grow by pushing them to stretch beyond what is convenient and comfortable,” Elicia Brand, founder of Army of Parents, told Fox News.

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A growing number of Americans are questioning the value of going to college

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The share of Americans who believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country has dropped by 14 percentage points since 2020.

That’s according to the latest results of an annual survey conducted by New America, a nonpartisan think tank. Since 2017, the organization has been collecting data on Americans’ attitudes about the value of education after high school and how that education should be funded.

Many of the report’s findings have remained stable over time – for example, the general consensus that post-secondary education offers a good return on investment for students remains. But there’s been a steep decline in the overall perception of higher education’s impact on the country.

 

The nationally representative survey included about 1,500 adults and was conducted in the spring of 2022, “when people started to feel the effects of gas price increases,” Nguyen says. “People started to feel that an economic recession is actually coming.”

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In line with previous years, the survey finds that Democrats and Republicans disagree about multiple aspects of higher education. While 73% of Democrats believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the country, only 37% of Republicans feel that way.

Americans also remain divided on who should pay for higher education. Most Democrats (77%) say the government should fund higher education because it’s good for society, while the majority of Republicans (63%) say students should pay for post high school education because they benefit from it.

A new question on this year’s survey asked respondents about the minimum level of education they believe their immediate or close family members should receive in order to be financially secure. While nearly three-quarters of respondents agree some sort of postsecondary education is required for their child or close family member to achieve financial security, there are partisan divides. Only a quarter of Democrats say that a high school diploma or GED is sufficient to achieve economic security, compared to 39% of Republicans who say so.

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Despite the overall agreement on the value of higher education, many Americans are concerned about affordability. Only about half of respondents think Americans can get an affordable, high-quality education after high school.

Across the political spectrum, says Nguyen, people “are pretty aligned on the affordability questions.” But, she says, they don’t agree on how to solve these affordability issues. “I think that’s translated to the current policy environment we’re living in right now.”

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Extension in summer vacations proposed

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RAWALPINDI:

An extension in summer vacations has been proposed for educational institutions including schools across Punjab including in the Rawalpindi district as monsoon rains have caused wide-spread damage to infrastructure including school buildings in the province.

Officials said that the damaged buildings and boundary walls may pose a risk to the students and teachers when the schools reopen across Punjab on August 1 after summer vacations. They said that it has been proposed not to open schools prior to the completion of repair work.

The officials said that it has been proposed to extend the summer vacations for two weeks due to the torrential rains and urban flooding in all 36 districts of Punjab including the Rawalpindi district. They said that it has been proposed to resume new session from August 15 instead of August 1. The officials said that the proposal has been deferred by the provincial education ministry until the new education minister takes the oath.

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The officials said that a final decision regarding the proposal will be taken by July 29 once the new education assumes charge of the office.

Sources said that the bureaucracy was also in favour of the proposal as per the forecast, the heavy rainfall would continue over the next few days.

Meanwhile, District Education Authority Chief Executive Officer Raja Amjad Iqbal has ordered a week-long cleaning campaign in educational institutions throughout the district prior to the start of the new session.

He said that it was a collective responsibility to carry out a robust campaign for the eradication of the dengue virus and larvae. The official said that heads of all educational institutions should ensure the cutting of grass and deep cleaning of classrooms, bathrooms, roofs, water tanks, water coolers, and dispensers prior to the start of the new session. He said that dengue awareness posters and banners must be hoisted on school gates.

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The Rawalpindi district administration and health teams will also inspect all educational institutions to ensure thorough cleanliness arrangements for the students.

Officials said that health teams were actively working in various tehsils of the Rawalpindi district for the eradication of the dengue virus.

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