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Helping the World in Our Own Way

After watching the Malala video last night, I felt a strong desire to do something for the world.  She’s a great inspiration.  If you haven’t read that blog post yet, I strongly encourage you to do so now.

There are so many things we can do to improve the world.  Even little things can make a difference when it’s all added up.  I see it around me in Japan, such as entire communities getting together to clean up the streets (saw this yesterday). But there are so many more things that can be done.

At the moment, I’m unable to do much in Japan in the way of influencing policy or society.  I’m “just a guest” in this country, even though I’ve spent a quarter of my life here.  My opinion is not worth much at all, although this is my daughter’s home country.  What I can do is quite local.  I can reduce garbage, use less electricity and gas, and through my job, help many people improve their ability to speak English and give them a more global perspective on things.  You see, most people in Japan don’t know much about the world, and as such are prone to believe stereotypes.  There’s also an attitude of uniqueness here that people have, which I would like to break.  The longer I live here, the more I notice that people are just the same as anywhere else.  I want to show people that every place is unique in a way, but this does not mean they are the superior culture.

We’ll be moving to Canada in 2016.  That’s where I can make a bigger difference.  I want to get involved in the community, attend the occasional town hall meeting where public opinion is asked for, and even getting politically involved.  I will vote, definitely.  I also want to get involved in my children’s education, and help them realise that they too can work to improve the world around them.

I also want to do my share of helping online.  Through my blogs, I want to help educate people, give them another perspective on things, and encourage an interest in science and the world.  I also want to use my writing to make people think and also to entertain them.  Reading is a great way to relax and help the mind grow.

There are so many ways to help.  I found this blog, which is attempting to provide 1000 ways to improve the world.  It’s only on #67. What do you want to do to help?  What do you do already?

Keep Your Religion Out of Our Public Education

I’m a big supporter of education.  Good education.  I especially love science education.  Science is very important for many professions, including medicine, engineering, agriculture, and computers.  But when something threatens good education, I want to fight back.

In Manitoba, a candidate for the Winnipeg School Board is supporting teaching creationism in the science classroom.  Not only that, she advocates abstinence only sex education.  This kind of thing is heard of a lot in the United States, but rarely in Canada.  To Candace Maxymowich, I say keep your beliefs out of Canadian education.  They have no place in the classroom.

First of all, she’s supporting abstinence only sex education.  This is irresponsible.  Never mind the studies that have shown that this kind of sex education doesn’t work.  You don’t need the studies, you need to use common sense.  We’re talking about teenagers.  Telling teenagers not to have sex doesn’t work.  Nor is it really sex education.  While abstinence is the most effective way of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, telling teenagers not to have sex is likely to backfire.  At that age, they don’t always make the best decisions.  They will have sex.  Then what?  With education about contraceptives and birth control, they will at least be far more likely to have safe sex rather than unprotected sex.  Candace, what you advocate will lead to more pregnancies and STDs.

Secondly, something that I feel extremely strong about, is the teaching of creationism in science classes.  Never.  Creationists want the alternatives to evolution to be taught, and of course, that’s creationism or intelligent design.  Neither of these (basically the same thing) are science.  They do not use the scientific method, do not use all the evidence, and are simply not science.  I don’t want religion to take up valuable science class time.  It should not take up that time.  What Candace fails to understand is that there are many religions represented by the students.  Which creation story is to be used?  Of course, she intends for it to be her religion’s creation story.  Not everyone follows your religion, Ms. Maxymowich.  This shows you don’t understand what science is.

I’m all for creationism to be taught in school.  Yes, you read that correctly.  But not in science class.  Teach it in religious studies.  But you also have to teach about other religions, not just your version of Christianity.

Science and health are both extremely important.  They need to be taught responsibly.  Science needs to be taught using science. Keep religion out of it.  Sex education needs to be taught from a health point of view, not from a religious point of view.  Candace Maxymowich, your version of science and sex ed are not welcome.