Globalization has made our world a more accessible. For instance Amazon, we ordered a product listed on Amazon. Now if you were not aware Amazon cares thousands of items that you can order online, but if they do not have it you can buy off their website from another online store that list those items on Amazon. Well I bought a product from Amazon from one of their other stores well not knowing this store was in England and we did not even have a clue about it. You see our world is more accessible because we have an opportunity to interact with those other countries. I have experienced the globalization with the influx on different cultures moving in to the area I live. With Hispanics, and Asians opening businesses, they bring their culture and tradition. Globalization has made me appreciate where I live. With more and more people moving to urban areas and cities becoming ever crowded I am glad to be living in rural area.

Globalization has for a lot of way made the world a better place. People can not share ideas faster with each other. Supporters of globalization argue that it has the potential to make this world a better place to live in and solve some deep-seated problems like unemployment and poverty. (Collins, 2010) Collins in looking at globalization on an economic issue looking for more free marks to hopefully create more jobs. I see globalization as a way to bridge the gap between cultures. People can see how other live and learn about the lives they life and then can compare it to themselves.

A negative part of globalization is that we are losing the cultures that make us who we are. It give people more opportunity to do things that can hurt people more then help. Globalization can also other economic issue with more and more jobs moving overseas.. The bad side of globalization is all about the new risks and uncertainties brought about by the high degree of integration of domestic and local markets, intensification of competition, high degree of imitation, price and profit swings, and business and product destruction.(Mourdoukouts, 2011) I see Globalization also being interfering with the culture of some countries. It may hurt traditions of some cultures it may change the identity of that culture.

Globalization is going to continue, as technology gets better. The ability to quickly send information from one place to the next will make our world smaller. I it going to bring us closer but is it at the cost of the traditions we live by.


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Physical System Impact

It can be a big deal how physical systems can effect the ecological systems. Living in an area with lakes I have seen how changes to the ecology of the lake has been effected by man made physical systems. The have been some spill ways added to streams that lead in to lake. These streams drain wet lands but in the spring the water is high and bate fish reproduce in those wet lands. The young fish grow and then follow the streams out to the lake in the summer. Those streams are blocked off and the bate fish have no place to reproduce. That is just a small effect of of how Physical systems can effect ecology of an area. I would use this as a lesson to teach students about how the ecosystem work in our area.

A big project that has been proposed over the years by a major land owner in the area is to build a dam on the Milford River that flows out of Lower Gar Lake of the Iowa Great Lakes. The goal would be to flood the land and create more lake shore property. I think I would use this idea and create a unit for students determine the effect on the environment, the flooding of farmland and wild life management area. It going to make a big change to the Ecosystem in the area. The students would take a look at the positive economic benefits of creating more water front property in the area. They could look at what could be the revenue for the county from the taxes. They would lastly have to take a look at the politics that it would take to get this accomplished. The possible pros and con of taking farmland and wildlife area in to a lake.   

Sense of Place

Where I live has totally has defined my sense of place. Living in a northwest Iowa town where life is totally dependent on the season. In the summer the lake is the place to be. Fishing, swimming boating are all common activities. Having a summer job working for one of the summer business. Summer people come and stay at lake side cabins and resorts to take advantage of the lakes. My sense of place is I live in a area that has made me appreciate that fact that to keep my community running is to have other people come and spend their money. In teaching students to look at where they live and have a sense that where they live as defined who they are.  People develop a “sense of place” through experience and knowledge of a particular area. A sense of place emerges through knowledge of the history, geography and geology of an area, its flora and fauna, the legends of a place, and a growing sense of the land and its history after living there for a time. (Woods, 2000)

What does a sense of place mean. It is a combination of characteristics that makes a place special and unique. Sense of place involves the human experience in a landscape, the local knowledge and folklore. Sense of place also grows from identifying oneself in relation to a particular piece of land on the surface of planet Earth. (“The art of,” 2014) Students that live and work in a small rural community tend to have a one common attribute they enjoy working hard, not to say that they all do but for the most part they do. Kids that grow up on farms have that instilled in them by there parents. Even kids that tend to live in town will have some of those same ideas because they will go out and help there friend or even work for a farmer. While students living in an urban environment can have the sense to work hard they seem to be more interested in the active art and music, because those opportunities are available. Student should embrace the sense of place they have and take advantage of all that it offers. If your a hard working rural individual take advantage of all the skills you will learn. If you are an urban student it important to take advantage of all it has to offer.

Now with that said the kind region will also affect who you are. You can say that students living in New York and students living in Las Angles are not the same. The region you live will also effect who you are. Students in southern California live in the sun talk about going to the beach and eating Sushi all things stereotyped on TV. New York students maybe look to go to Coney Island. Student need to understand that where they live effects the person they become. Even where I live you can see the difference in a kid that lives in town and the kids that live on a farm. Life is defined by where you live not to say people do not change or have a sense the does not match everyone else. Where we live is a big part of the type of person we are. I don’t surf because there is not ocean waves to ride. I can stack hay bails but my cousin in Arizona as never seen a hay Bail. Our lives and sense on place is totally tied in to the people we are.   

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