The Foundations of Public Education

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

Locke and Rousseau are widely known for their philosophic discourses concerning government and the rights of individuals. Because the ability to understand these philosophic musings is central to creating proper government and social processes, education becomes a central discussion. Within this context, both Locke and Rousseau provide discourse on education that has become an important foundation on which public education is designed today.

John Locke

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In Locke, one can see the evolution of philosophy from the ancient Greeks as Locke builds his educational philosophy on the concept of virtue. According to Locke…


An Issue of Disposal

Mercury

Each year thousands of tons of mercury are emitted into the atmosphere, causing a global environmental issue. Mercury is naturally found in air, water, and soil in several forms and is contained in a number of products such as batteries, thermometers and barometers, electric switches and relays in equipment, lamps and some light bulbs, dental amalgam, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals (EPA, 2014). Recent estimates of annual global mercury emissions from both natural and anthropogenic sources are in the range of 5,000 to 8,000 metric tons per year. These estimates include mercury that is re-emitted (EPA, 2014). …


An Overview of American Terrorism

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

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One of the bitterest and saddest points in American history is the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Many people today associate the Klan with being a distant memory or some movement from a bygone era. People tend to diminish the effect of the Klan on American society (perhaps trying not to remember it) but it was a force of social and cultural change that profoundly impacted American culture and still exerts force today.

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) first began in the 1860s in reaction to Reconstruction and the…


Renewable Energy Discussion

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

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Solar power is a highly sought renewable energy resource. This power source is easily obtained wherever there is light, so this makes it the most abundant resource if it can be harnessed properly. In the past, solar power was generated using photovoltaic cells which provide energy but not enough to supply the demands of a large population. This factor is changing with technology and the drive for solar power continues. The use of solar and its benefits can be seen in California.

Inadequate Policies

To understand the issue with implementing solar energy…


Should children be given a cochlear implant before the age of majority?

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

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The deaf community has been victim to many different controversies surrounding education, sign language, and the label of disability. The education methods of oralism and manualism were hotly debated by opponents and proponents for decades. The idea of teaching deaf people to be more like hearing people in order to fit into society was one of the major reasons for this debate. The idea that if people seemed less deaf they would be more widely accepted was the thinking. …


The Workplace Communication Primer

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

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Why is it important to communicate effectively in the workplace?

It is important to communicate effectively in the workplace because effective communication can motivate employees to work hard towards a mutual goal. With effective communication, the work environment becomes efficient and effective as well, especially when people need to work in groups to accomplish a task. People in the workplace need to exchange information on many different aspects of work that needs to be done including, but not limited to, what needs to be done, who will do which part, how it should be done, when it needs to be…


An Introduction to Managing Business Communication

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

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Technology

Technology has fundamentally changed business communication by connecting everyone from anywhere at any time. With the internet, documents can be sent and received any time of day whereas before the internet, documents needed to be delivered by mail so business hours, weekends and holidays would have to be taken into consideration when determining whether or not a document would be delivered on time. Cell phones are another example of technology changing business communication. Before cell phones, a person was tied to their desk if a call was expected and if…


What should you avoid?

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

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When creating an effective business document, some rules a writer should follow include knowing the purpose and scope of the document in order to communicate the message clearly and effectively, identifying the target audience and writing to that audience, understanding the needs of the reader and addressing those needs, organizing the document effectively, be concise, use formal writing, substantiate any claims made, and proof reading.

Checklist

1. Clearly Identify the Purpose 2. Identify the Target Audience 3. Create the Message for that Audience (Be concise) 4. Be sure the document is…


Understanding Integrated Environmental Systems

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

In 2009, the Egyptian government made a decision to kill the all of pigs in the city, about 300,000 (Slackman 2009). Up until this point, pigs were used to in Cairo to eat tons of organic waste. Each day in Cairo, Egypt, the city produces more than 15,000 tons of solid waste (Zafar, 2012). “Now the pigs are gone and the rotting food piles up on the streets of middle-class neighborhoods” (Zafar, 2012). Egyptian Christian minorities are known as rag pickers, or Zabbaleen, a community of people who live on…


Prescribed Burns

All articles are written or co-written by Vincent V. Triola

Prescribed burns are capable of reducing fuel hazard and fire risk, achieving wildlife habitat maintenance and improvement. Prescribed burns can also have possible negative effects on plants and animals, and may have an adverse effect on soil in medium to high intensity fires. As well, tree damage resulting from wildfire occurrence is one of the most used descriptors of the prescribed fire effect. (Fernandes and Botelho 2003) Prescribed fires have yielded mostly positive results in mixed-conifer forests, places like the Sierra Nevada, but practices have become implemented more frequently at…

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