A Critique On Ethical Education In The Field Of Biology

The domain of public education in the United States has often come under severe criticism given its failure to successfully impart values to the masses. For many educators, the issue of ethical education at high school level remains a challenging task for many for it runs them the risk of being charged with promotion of values and ethics that may be contrary to those supported by the students’ parents or their communities. Specifically speaking of the technological advances in the field of biology in the past few decades, we see that many ethical questions and issues have been ignored or deliberately left unanswered lest they challenge the preconceived beliefs of the masses. One such concern is that regarding human experimentation that has been used time and again in our history as an excuse to benefit the society and its health as a whole. It is however important to mention that racial discrimination has almost always been dominant in this arena and while the society has largely remained insensitive to this issue; it was only after the Nazi atrocities that we began to realize the impact of human experimentation.

While the ethical areas surrounding the field of biology have plagued many, there are still those who argue that human experimentation is acceptable if the risks are minimal and if the same is done through informed consent. Our history of biological advancement has been marred with political decisions that have had adverse impacts on particular races. “Genetic screening” was a reality made feasible in our meager past.

For the scientific community, the issues are not merely related to a single domain but raise a host of social, ethical and political anxieties amongst the masses as well. The ethical questions that plague the domain of human experimentation in the field of biology however need to be addressed. These are issues that cannot simply be answered with library research or in high school essays and should be addressed in in-class discussions in order to allow us a chance to evaluate our values.

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4 Steps for Effective Time Management

It seems that there is never enough time in the day. But, since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? The answer lies in good time management. The highest achievers manage their time exceptionally well. By using the time-management techniques in this blog, you can improve your ability to function more effectively – even when time is tight and pressures are high.

I will give you some pointers on how to make your day a little more productive. If you will take the time to implement these small steps, you will not let those time robbers succeed.

  1. Set Goals – These should include both personal and professional goals. It includes long-term goals that may take a while to achieve. What are your dreams? An example of a personal goal is “I want to learn to speak German”. An example of a professional goal would be, “I want to be Salesman of the year for my company.
  2. Planning – This is essential. When you plan for a day, focus on your goals for the year and for the day. If you do not take time to plan your day, someone else will plan it for you and you will not accomplish anything toward you own goals. You will feel less productive and frustrated.
  3. To Do Lists – What do I want to accomplish for the day. I am a chronic list maker. It started when I was working a full-time job, going to school full time and had two small children to take care of. It was the only way I could get stuff done.
  4. Review Your Day – At the end of the day, review your to-do list and put important things at the top for the next day. This way, things will not get put off to the last minute. Last minute tasks just cause stress and frustration.

McDonald’s Workers Allege Hazardous Conditions Under OSHA

McDonald’s workers in 19 cities who allegedly suffered severe burns on the job have filed 28 health and safety complaints with OSHA against the company. They have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.

The complaints are the latest move in an ongoing campaign to win pay of $15 an hour and unionization for fast-food workers by publicly pressuring McDonald’s to come to the bargaining table. The push is being leaded by the Service Employees International Union and began more than two years ago. Already, it has included protests around the country and lawsuits alleging workers weren’t given their rightful pay.

A representative for the Labor Department, Laura McGinnis, confirmed the complaints were received by OSHA but said the agency does not discuss ongoing investigations.

In a statement, McDonald’s Corp. said its franchisees are committed to providing safe working conditions for employees, and the company will review the allegations. “It is important to note that these complaints are part of a larger strategy orchestrated by activists targeting our brand and designed to generate media coverage,” Heidi Barker Sa Shekhem, a McDonald’s spokeswoman, said in the statement.

The employees allege that the restaurants’ understaffing and pressure to work too fast are created by the chain’s computer system that dictates staffing levels and the pace of work. They assert those are the main drivers responsible for the injuries of fast food workers. Because they are required to clean and filter fryers while the oil is hot, and floors are greasy and wet, workers are being injured.

The matter has reached the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, which said late last year that McDonald’s could be named as a joint employer in complaints by workers. The complaints have yet to be heard, but whichever side loses is expected to appeal the decision.

If You Want Money, Murder An Albino!

Tanzania witnesses massive and brutal massacre of albinos every year, albinism being prevalent in the region. Thousands of ‘healers’ and ‘witch doctors’ practice this vicious act of murdering and kidnapping albinos, and then using their body parts. It is mind numbing how these witch doctors have successfully convinced Tanzanians to believe that the body parts of albinos bring wealth and good luck.

In their pursuit of wealth, people have turned heartless and cold blooded, viewing albinos only as a means to gain prosperity. They are not considered human enough to be given a chance to live their lives. The cold blooded murder of albinos has reached a raging number of 80 since 2000, including, men, women and even children. Witch doctors use all kinds of unimaginable things like lizard skin, ostrich eggs, bird claws, lion skin and many more in their witch craft practices. The Tanzanian population believing in their practices and willing to let them go to any extent for their evil purposes is a sorry state of affairs.

The Tanzanian government has banned many witch doctors in attempts to control albino murders and kidnappings. More than 200 witch doctors have been arrested and found to be unlicensed.  The police campaign will target the entire network of witch doctors and traders involved in this inhuman cycle, with all the arrested appearing in court.

The widespread and planned murder of people genetically suffering from a disease that is out of their control is a matter of shame for a nation. It reflects the level of ignorance and illiteracy present in the region, which renders solely on the luck of an individual whether he’s born normal or as an albino.

The 3 Important Pillars of Consumer Confidence

Regardless of what your e-commerce strategy includes, establishing consumer confidence is significant to achieving success in 2015. Sadly, there are no shortcuts: consumer confidence is only achieved with consistent hard work, but it’s a lot easier when you use these three easy steps as your guide.

Honesty

The primary stage to gain consumer confidence is by representing your products accurately. One of your jobs is to make your brand’s products look good; however there is a difference between a beautiful presentation and misrepresentation. Providing consumers with exact and comprehensive information is the best way to give them a representation of what will arrive on their doorstep when they click “buy”. World’s top brands don’t pursue one-time shoppers; they acquire loyal repeat consumers, otherwise known as the 20% who make 80% of the sales.

Consistency

When you’ve set the priority of honesty with your customer, it’s integral that you provide consistency, else one amazing shopping experience can be converted into a negative one. It is significant to make sure you are consistent in the following areas.

  • Product information

There is nothing more annoying than inconsistent product information. All of your product information needs to be reliable. Avoid anything that can potentially confuse your customers.

  •  Branding

It doesn’t make a difference how funny or smart product copy is if it’s not consistent with the branding for your company, it’s not going to have a positive impact. Eventually, it’s more vital to stay true to your core customer base than risk alienating them to attract a new one.

  • Customer Service

Go far beyond to consistently surprise and delight customers with your skills to handle their problems such as offering online customers free return shipping so they feel comfortable purchasing new items.

Trust

Earning the consumers trust is the first step to making a brand evangelist that will impart their positive experiences to their loved ones. As per a study by Forbes, 81% respondents demonstrated that their loved ones directly influence their purchase decisions.

Therefore, consumer confidence is significant to long term growth. Also the brands that pursue honesty, accuracy and consistency will see astonishing long term results.

5 Top Healthcare Issues Today

How a government provides healthcare to its citizens varies from country to country and system to system. Healthcare provision is a challenging task due to the associated costs as well as the environmental, economic, political and social factors.  The World Health Organization (WHO) is ultimately responsible for looking into healthcare issues around the globe and providing solutions. Experts found out some common contradictions that occurred when examining healthcare patterns around the world. These include:

  1. Inverse care: Most countries face the issue of inverse care, meaning that the rich have access to the best while the poor have access to little healthcare. Principally people with the most resources often face less health issues and need little care, while the financially weak people face more health issues and need greater support. Government spending on healthcare more than often benefits the rich more than the poor, in most countries today.
  2. Impoverishing care: Healthcare has been made so expensive in most countries that middle and lower income people face difficulties in meeting these expenses. Especially when the payments have to be made in cash, on delivery of a service, people find themselves bearing huge expenses and having little resources to meet them.
  3. Fragmented Care: Health care professionals specialize excessively nowadays. These specialized professionals carry high fees and thus are easily accessible by the rich or the affluent. For the lower income group of people, healthcare becomes a least preferable option because they cannot afford to go to the specialized healthcare providers or participate in disease control programs that have a narrow focus. These factors are fragmenting the healthcare system in countries with a wide gap between the upper and the lower income class.
  4. Unsafe care: Not following safety and hygiene standards at hospitals, clinics and other health related places, leads to acquiring unneeded health issues. People incur high rates of hospital acquired infections and medical errors that further contribute to ill health.
  5. Misdirected Care: Disease prevention programs and primary healthcare can help prevent up to 70% of the burden. However healthcare systems in most countries focus more on curative measures rather than on primary healthcare. Thus care is misdirected towards the more avoidable issues rather than focusing on prevention measures in the first place.

Although the right to healthcare is a basic right of every individual, the complex systems around the world have deprived the needy of his right. Nations spend massive amounts of resources trying to provide healthcare but still inequalities and loopholes exist that should be tackled in order to provide maximum support to those who need it.