Child Development and Economics
America is a nation that is synonymous with success, dreams come true and ambitions are realized in short time frames. As a result, every person across the world is desirous of going to America and fulfilling his/her dreams, as well. Competition to get to the top is tough; sadly, some primitive ideologies, like race, creed, religion, sex, occupation still inform the minds of some Americans (Callahan, Gene Anderson & William 2001). They deem individuals from different cultures as undeserving and lesser human beings. Such Americans look down upon foreigners and see them as not worthy of success. The situation is aggravated when members of the same community discriminate against one another. Sending children to culturally diverse schools helps them to appreciate other cultures. It is sad when children discriminate among themselves, because their minds are still developing. Sowing a discrimination seed will only bear fruits of hatred and dispassion.
It is disheartening that children can be segregated by the color of their eyes. In an institution where majority of the children are from the same race, it is common to see all children being treated equally, this is the case in institutions where children are from diverse cultures. The reason might be attributed to their young nature, and the fact that they were not natured to care about skin color (Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, 2006). This respondent, despite attending cross cultural schools, never saw a difference in how individuals were treated. The fact that discrimination has been reduced to the color of ones eyes is appalling, to say the least. Such diminutive and apparently meaningless features have become catalysts of hatred among children who were best friends.
Communication is integral in every facet of life, no man is an island. When angered or deprived, happy and excited, it makes sense to communicate these feelings. Similarly, when it comes to communicating to children, caution and care need to be exercised when it comes to choice of language and words. Children need to be explained to in a systematic and clear manner on what is happening and why. This will prepare them for the future and the uncertainties it brings along. The situation is made difficult when it comes to explaining to children in war-torn regions; their minds cannot understand what is going on around them and why there is so much chaos and destruction (Oscar, 2010). As a parent, communicating to your children is essential for their mental and psychological growth. Children cry and rant when they do not understand issues, this mainly occurs when they are not communicated to. However, once their parent or guardian explains to them what is happening, their emotions are triggered and begin to understand what is going on. As a result, they cope with the circumstance at hand and they get a grip of their emotions.
At some point everyone dies. Explaining death to children might be a huge task, but it is important. Children need to understand what death means. In a similar vein, children know nothing but joy and playing, even when they fight amongst themselves, the situation is temporary and in no time, they are soon playing again. Unfortunately, this does not resonate with adults; such fights lead to war and violence. Therefore, it is imperative that, as a mother, or parent, you ensure that your child understands these concepts by letting them know some things are beyond human control might to soothe the situation. Parents should allow their children to ask as many questions as their young minds desire. By so doing, a burden is lifted off the childs mind (Rubin & Hewstone, 2004). Technology has exposed children to violence and death through video games. Hence, such issues must be explained to a child in a different form to ensure that lines of communication are open to breeds confidence in the child. In case, a child is affected by war, he/she has many issues which when once explained, can bring peace and comfort to their minds.
Denying a child stability, culminates into disastrous results. When a child sees her/his parents divorcing while young, then getting shipped off to boarding school at a young age, forcefully learning how to do house chores, they will not develop normally. Some children will not feel loved and think that they are overworked. In addition, exposing a child to too many rules, and punishing them senselessly for their breach, damages them mentally. Chances are that the child will impart the same mannerisms vide similar methodologies to her children, as well. Such children are always gloomy and blame the world and everyone for woos they have undergone. Taking time with children is important, catching up with their school work and personal life helps a child realize the important things in life (Christiane, n.d). Inasmuch as school is important and performance therein is essential, overdoing it as parents will make the child rebel and feel as if it is a punishment to go to school, and not an obligation. It is significant for parents to have time for their children, regardless of how tired they might be.
This respondent has had a solid family background. Despite being home schooled most of his childhood owing to the military status of his family and cutting off all of the developmental assets dealing with school and school support, he turned out okay. When parents do their best to ensure that their child is happy and contented (Hyde, 2005). There are high chances of that child taking to heart everything they are told. Even when they are going through difficult moments in their lives, their parents will help them get through the situation. They appreciate that family support, positive family communication, safety, boundaries (family and school), adult role models, high expectations, youth programs, homework, responsibility, interpersonal and cultural competence are the best ingredients in prospering as an individual in society (Trevethan, et al., 2004). A childs esteem is high if his/her parents are constantly supportive and caring. Even when temporal truancy kicks in, they will understand that certain actions are not warranted.
Nominal GDPs do not take into consideration inflations and deflations. For example, if the inflation rate is 10% and the GDP increased by a similar margin, some people would say that the GDP has increased by 10% and that it is an indication of economic growth. However, people did not realize that the inflation is the reason why the GDP has risen; this is a limitation of GDP (Rittenber & Tregarthen, 2009). Another limitation termed as real GDP, factors inflation and deflation from the GDP and tries to quantify the true measure of the GDP of an economy.
Secondly, GDP does not measure negative contributors or externalities. For instance, the CO2 emission that emanate from economic activity is not factored in the calculation of GDP. This limitation is highly criticized by economists. Thirdly, GDPs often rely on the activity of the US dollar (USD), which is informed by its rise or fall. GDP is calculated in USD; as a result, countries that do not use USD as their currency will always be guided by foreign exchange rates (Rittenber & Tregarthen, 2009). For example, Japans GDP rose owing to their strong Yen, hence change in their currency alters the GDP. This is not a problem for the United States as they rely in the USD.
Lastly, GDPs do not take into account the illegal economic transactions. For example, if a drug dealer sells drugs worth USD1 million to another country, it is not included in the GDP. Some individuals would argue that such economic activities comprise a small proportion of GDP. However, according to Rittenber & Tregarthen (2009), America has 10-20% of illegal markets.
GDP is a measure of all the goods services produced domestically. Hence, to find the GDP of a country, one needs to add the multifarious components of the economy that are used as a measure of goods and services produced. A huge limitation of using GDP is that there are many products and services that are unaccounted for in a country within a year. This is because sellers normally make exorbitant profits than they normally would from selling used products and services when consumers buy more in a year (Calculating GDP, 2012). It is possible to measure the economic activity, but it is difficult to ascertain who is actually purchasing the products, or where certain bought products end up.
The limitations of GDP can be divided into two; conceptual problems and measurement problems. The revision process and the service sector of the measurement problems of the GDP are a cause of concern. Since measuring GDP is done on a quarterly basis, there is a concern for revision. With calculations every quarter, the officials at the Department of Commerce depend on statistics generated from a few organizations and households. This would occasion conflict in determining issues after the third quarter. Factual GDP would be recorded for the first time by the Department of Commerce after five years to help in determining if there was a recession in the future (Rittenber & Tregarthen, 2009). The service sector in the Department of Commerce has been facing difficulties in monitoring labor as unemployment trends are hard to predict. Similarly, it does not take into account home based businesses that use the barter system.
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