Guiding Question 1


Why do you think we place so much value on the act of volunteering? Should those people who volunteer the most, such as soldiers, get extra recognition? Why or why not?


Volunteer: a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.

We believe that we place so much value on the act of volunteering because many other people will benefit from this contribution. An example of this is from the book Animal Farm by George Orwell. In this book there is a horse named Boxer who uses his strength to help out with the windmill which is of great significance to the book. Another example of this is simply working at a local food bank because you organize and provide food for the homeless people who enter the food bank which fulfills the needs of many people.

We believe that the people who volunteer greatly, such as soldiers, should get extra recognition to a certain extent. For example, if a person does a huge act of volunteering such as being a significant contributer of the Red Cross Society or a soldier in the Canadian Army, they should receive extra recognition. People that do 100 hours for community service that is required for school, do not receive an excessive amount of recognition because it is mandatory that they complete these acts of volunteering in order to receive benefits in graduating high school. Although they are performing a considerable amount of volunteering, they are not necessarily willing to exceed that amount and expand their range in volunteering toward the society without receiving something in return. Therefore, we believe that the act of volunteering has great value in contributing towards making a better society, and individuals who volunteer greatly should receive extra recognition under certain circumstances (phrase was previously ' but only to a certain extent').
By: Janine and Maya


We believe that we put so much value on the act of volunteering, because we have so much work that needs to get done. We need people to do these jobs where there might not be enough money to pay for staff. For example, homelessness is a large problem in Toronto. Taxes are supposed to help the government build houses and shelters for these people. Still, after these things are done, there is still a large amount of homelessness. To deal with this problem we need people to volunteer, take action and give some of their time to help their vulnerable, even though they might not get paid. The same applies to non-profit organizations. They too need people to volunteer and do work without getting paid.
We find that soldiers should not get extra recognition. If volunteers were to be recognized, it should be everyone, not just soldiers. We think that soldiers are no different from normal volunteers. That raises the question "what is a normal volunteer?"
-Courtney and Catlin


We place so much value on volunteering because to truly volunteer and to help others without asking for anything in return, is a goal to strive for. I don't think people should receive recognition because I feel that knowing that you helped others, and feeling accomplished with giving back to socie ty should be enough. Also if resonation was given, many would only volunteer for that reason, and then it really wouldn't be volunteering at all. To do a selfless act, really wouldn't selfless with recognition.
By: Rosalie and Eliza


The recognition will assist in encouraging others to volunteer as well. As Rosalie and Eliza pointed out, the sense of accomplishment is established by giving back to the society is what is caused by volunteering, wouldn't it be a good thing to encourage others? Although, there might be a slight possibility people would do this for the recognition, if you receive the pleasure of accomplishment by volunteering, can't people change their views on this topic? I understand there may be quite a variety of intentions towards the issue of volunteerism, yet, either way there will be a sense of pride and accomplishment that is taken into account after you have taken a step into volunteerism. In order to justify what you all have observed,it probably will be better to change "receiving recognition to a certain extent" to "receiving recognition under certain circumstances".
-Janine F.




We believe that the entries covered all the main points and aspects of the causes that make people want to volunteer. But we also feel that the recognition should be given to the volunteers due to the fact that if they didn't take the time out of their day, then all the important issues would go unnoticed and the community wouldn't be where it is today. If other people in the socieity see the satisfaction of volunteering along with all the positive recognition then they will feel more urged to help the community.
-Puja and Maranda


We believe that placing so much value in the act of volunteering benefits the people who are getting help and themselves. Whenever we volunteer, we both get a certain feeling of goodness because of our help towards someone in need. In the novel Animal Farm written by George Orwell the animals put in 66 hours of work towards the windmill and later on in the novel even have to on Sundays (the original day of rest). Boxer, the horse who has the strength of 3 horses together, puts in extra hours in the early mornings and late nights. Boxer does get recognition from his friends and fellow workers, however; he does not receive any recognition from the “superior”, Napoleon. We believe that because there are thousands of volunteers all over the world, it would be quite hard for the government to recognize everyone. If a certain person has committed a substantial part in a volunteer act, then they should receive a medal or recognition of honour. However, because there are so many volunteers who do not get recognized that care just as much for others as soldiers do, they should get recognized as a whole. This would make everyone special and value their volunteering as opposed to singling certain people who do the same amount of volunteering. We believe that volunteering is an act of kindness and shows how much others care for those in need.
- Jacqui and Kaitlyn






Guiding Question 2


To what extent are art and music used to influence/sway public opinion and thought? Where do you see this still happening?

Art and music have influenced public opinion throughout history by persuading the masses to agree with the government or the organization in control. During Hitlers Facist rule of Germany he employed control over media such as music, public art, and radio. Through these media when he was coming into power Hitler plastered the street with posteres stating (in German)"Our Last Hope: Hitler". These posters were propaganda used to increase support of Hitler by playing upon the idea that he had the only solution to the on going depression in Germany. His solution was to get rid of all the problems, and in his mind the problem was the Jews. Many great leaders have and still employ propaganda as a means to gain power and support from the public. However individuals, such as music groups, actors, and writers, have used art and music to get messages accross to the public.
Andrew (Holly - Joon)
Specifically, how are music/art/film/etc. used today as propaganda in your country? Can you cite specific examples of modern media propaganda? Do they mirror the nations' agenda or oppose it?