Petition to KHDA
'Make Homework Optional'
As time evolves, so do our everyday technologies and conveniences. Every single aspect of our life has been improved upon in order to make our lives easier and better. However, our schooling system is one of the key aspects of life that has been preserved and unchanged for generations when it should be one of the primary focuses of evolution as schooling shapes our future. Students today are burdened by a plethora of homework, professors from Queensland University and Sydney University, among others, have admitted that they find homework to be nowhere near as useful as it is appreciated for.Associate Professor Walker from the University of Sydney admits the following: "There's a lot of disagreement, I have to say. But the consensus findings would essentially be homework's not very beneficial for primary school kids, very limited benefits for junior high school kids, and reasonable benefits for senior high school kids," he said. Furthermore, Finland has been ranked the #1 school system by WEF (World Economic Forum), while we in the UAE have an education system ranked at a mear 45th in the world. The primary reasons for this are a lack of standardised tests, children being put in the same classroom regardless of their ability, and most importantly no mandatory homework whatsoever. The education system's success is apparent in the fact that they have the highest rate of students going to college in Europe (66%). This success is directly linked to the fact they have absolutely no mandatory homework, which relieves the students of unnecessary stress and allows them to pursue extracurricular activities which benefits their future more than sitting in a room working on worksheets at home. In addition, the Finnish education system's success is apparent across the world, as the Finnish have the 8th highest IQ worldwide according to IQ and the wealth of nations by Richard Lynn, alongside this top-notch education being free for EU/EEA students.All in all, we, alongside many others believe that it is finally time for the education systems of the nations of the future to take a step into evolution and get on the level of the top education systems, and even surpass them. The UAE is a country of visionaries and a country that looks to tomorrow for answers. So now it is time to look to the future and shake off the mandatory homework, that chains us back from having our education reach and eventually surpass the worlds elite education systems, allowing the United Arab Emirates to be seen as the pinnacle of the future, where the ambitious is seen as the everyday. This can only be done by shaking the outdated shackles of homework that hinder our education from becoming the best of the best and evolving to match this ever-evolving world. The leaders of tomorrow plead today to the KHDA so that we can free ourselves of the homework and stress burdens that prevent us from doing things that we truly love and enjoy doing By Ryan Alezz, Rayan Salloum, Jeffrey Khoukhaji, Andrew Mansour
Petition to Rob Stokes
Remove religious education in Australian public schools during school hours
Special Religious Education (SRE) should be removed from formal classroom time in Australian public schools The Question · In public schools, why are we segregating our children by religion when they should be learning about society, cultures, and the world together? · 2016 Australian Census data showed 50% of young adults (aged 18-34) identify with beliefs other than Christianity. Why do we exclude 50% of the population when we teach SRE in public schools? Definition of Terms · Special Religious 'Education' (SRE) is conducted in most public schools, but students are almost always only instructed in just one specific religion; often only Christianity. A family can opt out, but alternative activities, or capacities to conduct them, are often limited. · Special Ethics Education (SEE) occurs as an alternative to SRE in ~25-30% of primary schools (but is still only available to ~7% of primary students) · General Religious Education (GRE) involves teaching about multiple faiths and is currently part of the NSW curriculum The Solution · Remove SRE (Special Religious Education) from public schools' formal classroom time and replace with normal curricular activities · If you think this is not possible in Australia, you may be interested to know that in 2015, the Victorian government removed SRE from formal classroom time in Victorian public schools amid a number of concerns and after participation rates had fallen to around 20-25%. · Potential replacement options include: normal curricular education; general religious education (GRE) i.e. multi-faith teaching with inclusion of all students; SRE program outside of formal classroom time eg. after hours What Can You Do? · Vote “Yes” to this online petition · Forward this petition to your family, friends and colleagues Background Information & Commentary · Some statistics from the 2016 Census data, and the 2016 and 2017 enrolment religious persuasion data Summary 50% of young adults (aged 18-34) identify with beliefs other than Christianity Further Information 52% of the population identify with Christian beliefs (decreased from 88% since 1966) 8% of the population identify with other religions (increased from 0.7% since 1966) 30% of the population identify with no religion (increased from 0.8% since 1966) 39% of young adults report not having a religion 12% of young adults identify with a religion other than Christianity · Reference to Childrens' and Human Rights Instruments: eg. Section 6 of the UNHRC (United Nations Humans Right Council) General Comment 22 on ICCPR Article 18 (see References below) 6. The Committee is of the view that article 18.4 permits public school instruction in subjects such as the general history of religions and ethics if it is given in a neutral and objective way. The liberty of parents or legal guardians to ensure that their children receive a religious and moral education in conformity with their own convictions, set forth in article 18.4, is related to the guarantees of the freedom to teach a religion or belief stated in article 18.1. The Committee notes that public education that includes instruction in a particular religion or belief is inconsistent with article 18.4* unless provision is made for non-discriminatory exemptions or alternatives that would accommodate the wishes of parents and guardians. Reference: 1. Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Census Data: Religion in Australia 2016 Census Data Summary http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/2071.0~2016~Main%20Features~Religion%20Data%20Summary~70 2. * Article 18 ICCPR Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching. No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice. Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others. The States Parties to the present Covenant undertake to have respect for the liberty of parents and, when applicable, legal guardians to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in conformity with their own convictions.
Petition to Jay Inslee, Patty Murray, Department of Education, Global Partnership for Education, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton
No more Homework in Elementary School!
Are you tired of seeing your kids stressed and overwhelmed by homework? My suggestion is to eliminate Homework for Elementary school students. The teachers will teach the subjects and keep reiterating them in class. They work on everything in school as groups and individuals. No Homework gets sent home as they do it all in class and at school. The kids can vote as a class once a month on a subject they all are interested in to be taught about and keep them more interested. This way there is less stress on our children and they won't feel like shutting down, because they don't get to leave school behind and just be kids. Teachers don't have to worry about grading papers they pass the class as a whole so no-one has to feel left behind or like they are failing. It is no surprise why our kids are shutting down, falling behind, stressed, overwhelmed and suffering at school when there is so much expectation and pressure on them. They go to school all day, to come home and then do more of school work is too much. When do they get to be kids, to play, socialize and have quality time with family? How would/do you feel about going to work all day, then to come home and expected to do more work on your time unpaid? When do we get to live and enjoy our lives with our kids and families instead of constant robots? If you felt or thought like me, then please help make this change happen. There have been studies done to support this No Homework petition I am doing. Even other countries are doing this successfully. If we can choose to opt out our kids from state testing why can't we opt them out of homework? If your kid is ahead and enjoys extra work for challenge then by all means if that works for you and your kids your family then do it ask for extra home work, but others should have the choice to no participate in homework if it negatively impacting our kids and families. Take a look at Finland, Denmark, Germany at their educational system. Go look at the different studies that show how much better our kids function at school, at home, in society and their overall happiness is better when given the opportunity to be kids. When the pressure and expectations are taken away in the homework and school aspect to please everyone and meet standards that are not fair or equal. No person is the same so therefore there should be no standard expections of our students to be like one another. To each their own, we all are different independent humans and learn differently, so why are we trying to make our kids all the same at school? When they are in High School it is different, they understand more and are preparing for adulthood so yes I can see keeping and implementing homework at that time, but let's eliminate Homework for Elementary schools. Thank you very much for your time and consideration. Please help to make this change and sign this petition.
Petition to Saint Ignatius Highscchool
Justice for Josh Crayton
A senior, Josh Crayton, is being kicked out of Saint Ignatius High School. While in class, he was trying to ask a teacher questions and she told the administration to have him withdrawn because she felt "threatened" because he"raised his voice" and was “loud and rude.” Josh is a good kid, always has been. Because one teacher who many students have complained about overreacted, his entire future is in jeopardy. Please help us convince the Ignatius administration to not take action and expel him by signing our petition. Every signature makes a difference!!
Petition to Department of Education
Its time to talk. Its time to teach students things that actually matter.
School prepares us for collage not real life.In a this day and age not a lot a people go into professions that even require collage.so why am i taught to solve xa+17=55 instead of how can i keep my best friend from killing herself. I propose that we make a class that not only talks about important things like past historical wrongs. I want this class to be 100% unbiased and 100% inclusive. So when people sign the petition i ask them to write down a topic they want to see talked about. Here are some of those topics,mental heath issues, religon,suicide,politics,gun voilence education,immigration,how to handle stress effectively, anxiety and depression, and finally family issues. Im 13 years old and ive had to stop my friend from killing herself multiple times. I have to talk her down at 3 am. We should teach kids the signs and how to help. Not only for suicidle kids but for mental illness.If you think that kids dont talk about religon think again. My friends and i had this huge fight at lunch because of was christian and one was atheist. The christian didnt like that the atheist was an atheist.lets teach kids everything is equal.politics should be taught not only just because voting is important but because most students dont even know if they are democrat or Republican. Please sign this petition to teach them things that actually matter. And please sont forget to put a topic that you want to see talked about.
Petition to Indiana Genernal Assembly, David Long, Martin Carbaugh
Require Sexual Education and Consent Education in Indiana Schools
In this era of #metoo I was shocked by a recent CNN article (https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/29/health/sex-education-consent-in-public-schools-trnd/index.html that reported only 8 states require consent education within their sexual education curriculum. The article also contained a table showing all 50 states and I was stunned to learn that Indiana does not require consent education, but also does not require sexual education at all. According to the HHS.gov, as of 2015, Indiana is 17th in the nation when it comes to teenage births. More horrifying is that according to a state commissioned report (https://www.in.gov/children/files/An-Investigation-into-Adolescent-Sexual-Assault-Underreporting-in-the-State-of-Indiana.pdf Indiana as of 2015, ranks 2nd in the nation when it comes to forced sexual intercourse of girls under the age of 18. In that same report 1 in 6 females have been sexually assaulted before the age 18. This is simply unacceptable. Please join me in signing this petition to ask Senator Long and Representative Carbaugh to write a bill and/or sponsor the bill requiring sexual eduction and consent education and for the General Assembly to turn it into law. Regardless of personal or religious beliefs, the mechanics of procreation should be taught along with the fact that consent should be mandatory for men and women. Thank you for taking the time to sign my petition, and I encourage you to start one for your state as well. Thank you Jennifer Purdue
Petition to LOCAL GOVERNMENT, developers, Architects
'Mall-Sprawl' For An Awesome Urban Future!
Humans multiply. We tend to grow in number, and as our numbers grow, so must also the buildings and cities that house and sustain us. However, the field of urban planning teaches that if we do not pay close attention to expanding our facilities properly, then the problems we face as a society can also multiply. These days, there are many professionals paying attention to the surmounting problems that poorly designed cities face, as well as the prosperity that good city planning can bring. Urban planners know of many great solutions, but setting those solutions in local planning law is ultimately up to the will of the people. The bottom line: massive change is possible when citizens declare what they want in solidarity. This petition presents an opportunity for citizens to declare in solidarity that they desire the following solution implemented in their region. The solution that follows could be categorized as ‘Eco-Sprawl’. As the name suggests, ‘eco-sprawl’ is a way for human settlements to grow and expand without such process being considered unsustainable (or the cause of significant future problems). The solution proposed here is for cities to commit to designing neighborhoods that consist of one giant, sprawling mall. The average building would probably stand about eight floors high with basement level parking and storage, a 1st floor mall, 2nd floor office and flex space, 3rd through 7th+ floors featuring a mix of affordable and luxury residences, and a top floor and roof featuring community amenities. By designing neighborhoods and cities around the 'sprawling mall' principle, every resident may have immediate access and views to an active market on one side of their building plus access/views to a spacious, amenity-filled park on the other side. As you can see in the picture above and imagine, this sprawling mall/park/mixed-use development concept would make for a pedestrian-friendly paradise. Nevertheless, this pattern of settlement could also be brilliant for automobiles and public transit systems since smart planning law protecting natural/agricultural land can direct the development of these 'mall-sprawl' neighborhoods in a linear path (such as along already existing roadways) making transportation from one end of the community to the other very efficient. To make these neighborhoods even better, they could also be designed as the most educational home-environments imaginable by including components listed in the following Change.org petition: Sign To Promote Educational Neighborhoods and UBI. For all inquiries, please direct message Nathaniel Ryan Hernandez via LinkedIn.
Petition to Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, Donald J. Trump
Make schools better in America
The US is academically behind many industrialized countries like Poland, Germany, and even Canada. A cause of this is the broken school system. The US school system hasn't changed much in the past century even though many people are aware that they're behind most other first-world countries. Many US public schools start too early which indirectly affects the US economy. In Canada elementary school hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. and high school hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. According to the RAND Corporation if start times were delayed to 8:30 a.m. the national economy could gain $9.3 billion annually due to students performing academically better and fewer car accidents due to less tired students. American schools have one of the highest amounts of hours spent in school by students but don't produce one of the top academically performing students on international tests, showing how inefficient American schools are. According to OECD data only Mexican, Swiss, Chilean, Colombian, and Costa Rican students spent more time in lower secondary/ middle school per year than American students. This creates stress on students. Many have extracurricular activities like sports and some teenage students have jobs. They have outside-of-school stuff on top of their homework. Join me to demand proper changes so our schools can perform better academically. For more information https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLl35re_dLg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t3R9WqEm4M