When we hear prejudice, hate, or stereotyping, we often think about how these issues have impacted minorities. Majority populations are often stereotyped as well. No matter who is the target, such attitudes can hurt. The person who is hurt the most, however, is the one who hates.
Higher education is said to grant you access to better jobs, unlock new careers, and make you a more well-rounded person. In my experience, however, I have found that the most important lessons were learned outside of the classroom.
In the past, TV step-parents were often depicted as "evil" or abusive. While some of these stories tell an important narrative, they failed to explore the other side. Many step-parents are loving, caring, and stepped up to raise a child when it was needed. Today we give thanks to these second fathers by highlighting some good stories in movies and shows.
We live in troubling times. It seems impossible to plan for the future. Many are living in isolation. Others are working overtime. However long it takes, we will return to normal. That being said, it does not have to be our old normal. These are just a few of the lessons we can all take from this pandemic.
With the recent developments and responses to COVID-19, or Coronavirus, many people have gone into isolation or self-quarantine for extended periods of time. It seems that a higher number of individuals have expressed severe anxiety or depressive symptoms during these periods. My hope today is to give you some insight into how you may combat such feelings - not only in these troubling times - but in everyday life.
Much advancement as been made in the area of equality. Women gained the right to vote, segregation laws against African Americans were removed, and the LGBTQ+ community has gained support and protections. However, one population still under-served is those with disabilities. From failure to provide adequate accessibility to special needs students being bullied at school, there is evidence of the lack of knowledge and understanding when it comes to disabilities.