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Cavs Study U.S. Quality of Life
CHS Biology students in Mrs. Maya Schultz’ classes recently participated in a globalization activity that involved comparing quality of life factors in the U.S. to other countries in the world. Students researched factors such as population, death rate, birth rate, CO2 emissions, HIV infection rate, life expectancy, and access to clean water. Using information found in the Population Reference Bureau, students prepared comparison charts and posted them in the hall for everyone to view.
Mrs. Schultz said, “As part of my UCPS Teacher of the Year award, the district provided me with an opportunity to visit the African country of Senegal. One of the aspects I most wanted to share with my students was what it would be like to live in another country. Because human population growth, human diseases, and global environmental concerns are all part of the biology curriculum, I was able to create an activity in which students gathered current data comparing the United States to other countries in terms of population size, average number of babies a woman has, life expectancy, access to clean water, HIV infection rates, carbon-dioxide emissions and more. My hope was that students would begin to see differences, as well as similarities, between the United States and other world countries.”
Kassandra Rojas and Megan Pounds, both sophomores, compared the U.S. to Brazil. “What I found interesting was that only 37% of rural areas had clean water. That struck me as really sad," noted Kassandra.
Megan said, “I was surprised to learn that the U.S. has a higher percentage of natural habitats remaining than Brazil.”
Sophomores Ryan Moloney, Brandon Mazzucco, and Andrew Chiarelli compared the U.S. to Botswana. Ryan said, “In Botswana the infant mortality rate is 44 kids per thousand people – in the U.S. it is only 6 kids per thousand. Also their percentage of females with HIV was greater than their percentage of males with HIV.”
Brandon commented, “In every country out of many, they all varied in each category. In the U.S. we are lucky for what we have and how developed we are compared to other countries.”
“Being American means we have a higher life expectancy, more clean water, and more vehicles for people. Some other countries also don’t have the technology we have,” said Andrew.
“My hope is that students realize the part they currently play in the global community and start to think about what their future role could be in being a world citizen,” said Mrs. Schultz.
Written by: Paula White
Posted: Sep 25, 2012 by Paula White