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Societal Problem and Societal Categories
Your Total Score: __________ (Maximum:
Define the term “societal problem” by quoting a full sentence directly from the
Part A score: ____
“A societal problem is when some aspect of our society, or, as we will call
it, “a societal condition,” fails to meet one or more of the six goals.” (Coplin, 2007, pg. 4)
of the following societal categories: Crime, Education, Environment, Health,
Housing, Jobs and Economic Development, or Poverty.
Find, reference, and attach the first page
of a newspaper article from a print or electronic source that discusses some aspect of the societal
Attach the first page of the article behind the entire 1.1 exercise.
In a paragraph of no
more than 200 words, explain your interest in the societal category and quote one full and
relevant sentence from the article.
Part B score: _____
Write the societal category you choose, exactly as it is stated in the Part B
Write a paragraph of no more than 200 words explaining why you are interested in
that societal category (including newspaper article quote).
Start your answer on the
I chose the societal category of Education because it is a wide scale issue in the United
States at this point in time and it affects the lives of millions in the U.S daily. Education
is one of the most important issues, because the education system is responsible for
adequately educating students so they can go on to college to receive a degree.
Additionally, by acquiring a degree they may join the work force and help make an
impact in America. I can relate to this issue because I was fortunate enough to go to a
very good public school in my home state of Connecticut. But not all schools meet the
minimum academic standards that should be required in our country. That is why it is sad
seeing low graduation rates and extremely uneducated students just 2 or 3 school districts
over from me.
According to the NY Times “Only 7 of 10 ninth graders today will get
high school diplomas.” (Levin, Rouse, 2012, pg. 1)
By raising academic standards in
some failing school districts, I feel there will be a major impact made in the success and
performance of the students.