Critical Thinking w/ Kymlee no.1

I’ve decided to start doing some important critical thinking Q & A because I like to speak my mind and talk about important issues. Here’s 5 questions to start out with, and I will be posting more soon. Please feel free to interact, as I love debate and I love to know what you are all thinking…

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Questions in this Video:

1. It’s been discussed, how businesses subject their employees to psychological and drug testing. Businesses also control employees by monitoring telephone calls, and email and Internet use. Do you feel that these techniques really control employees? What kind of control does it achieve? How do businesses benefit from this control? Do employees benefit at all? How would you feel being screened and monitored like this?

2. Do you think that profits ever become more important than human life? By reducing safety standards for workers, are businesses placing a higher value on profit than on human life?

3. Does conformity in a dress code and/or behavior help make schools a more equal and serious environment for achieving or does it prevent students from reaching their full creative potential?

4. Should states provide a free college education for all students regardless of financial need? What would be the benefits and disadvantages of such a policy?

5. Consider the fact that most Black U.S. citizens are descendants of people who were brought involuntarily to the U.S. What effects do you think this history has on African Americans and Whites today?

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5 responses to “Critical Thinking w/ Kymlee no.1

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  2. Devina

    1. To a degree I think they’re controlling in the sense that the business can’t really fully manipulate their employees but these impositions, like monitoring phone calls, do restrict them, the workers. As to what kind of control … hmm … I honestly can’t say.
    – I say businesses benefit from this because they’ll be getting work done or at least getting their staff to get work done because their attention will be more focused on the job rather than being distracted.
    – Putting myself in the shoes of one of the employees, I don’t appreciate my privacy being invaded, though I’m at work to do my job, my entire time there shouldn’t be about WORK WORK WORK till I flipping drop. Life happens and in the middle of things stuff come up, personal stuff and while on a phone call on such a matter I don’t like if some jerk listens in behind the scenes and says to himself that he’s doing what he’s told.

    2. Some people think so, not that I do.
    By reducing safety standards for workers, are businesses placing a higher value on profit than on human life?

    – I should think so but it depends on their financial situation, budget cuts and all that. But still, employees’ safety should be a top priority. If it were a financially sturdy business and they ”reduce safety standards for workers” I do believe that they’re putting profit first. It’s really a sad and scary world out there and there are lots of people who don’t care about anyone anymore, valuing material stuff more that human life. Sick bastards (and as a rule I don’t swear on the net, now that I did, it goes to show how ticked off I am at such people)

    3. Does conformity in a dress code and/or behavior help make schools a more equal and serious environment for achieving or does it prevent students from reaching their full creative potential?

    – I agree with the former. Kids have a life after the bell rings and they can be how creative they want then. To be it’s all about being focused, by being required to wear uniforms they won’t be … um I can’t seem to find a way to put this clearly… well they’ll be less distracted and led astray from school matters. Besides, I like wearing school uniform. It’s similar to Question one.

    I’ll try to get back to you on #4 and #5 later, I’d have sent a video response but the dang camera isn’t working or something and I’d put my stuffed bunny to do the talking, like DJ suggested, ha-ha!

    These are really good questions, Kymalee. Any good question is one that makes people sit and really think it through πŸ™‚

    • Kymlee

      Thanks for our responses, they were great to read. I def get your logic. I think for me structure makes me feel as though I have a deadline and I feel more productive when I have scrutiny on my work because I’m always pushing myself to be better, that said, I also believe it shouldn’t be all work and no down time. There’s def a happy medium in there somewhere. As for the uniforms, I only disagree because I’ve seen it not be effective, no matter what people will find a way to be unique or find something else to bully others over, so I think the public schools personally, have it right. They restrict certain dress code for being blatantly distracting, but it allows for creative expression as well. But I definitely understand where you are coming from too.

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  4. 1. It’s been discussed, how businesses subject their employees to psychological and drug testing. Businesses also control employees by monitoring telephone calls, and email and Internet use. Do you feel that these techniques really control employees? What kind of control does it achieve? How do businesses benefit from this control? Do employees benefit at all? How would you feel being screened and monitored like this?
    —I think they can control depending on other factors. My boyfriend is monitored at work as part of government regulations not to give false information to clients. Since he takes his job seriously and that the jobs do pay the bills, he allows himself to be controlled. I was drug tested once for a retail job……I got right back to smoking the week after. The stakes matter and consent to be controlled matters as well. Therefore, it can control convenience or even control a person’s livelihood. Sometimes business have to do it par government regulations, or in my opinion for perceived benefit like loyalty (can’t put bad vibes about your own work on facebook). The only way I believe employees benefit is to not allow “bad” workers to work beside you. How do you filter a lack of integrity? Psychological testing might just do just that but I’m very skeptical on it myself.

    2. Do you think that profits ever become more important than human life? By reducing safety standards for workers, are businesses placing a higher value on profit than on human life?
    —Directly, profits never become more important than human life. The question becomes harder if you were to replace profits with jobs. Safety standards does hurt short term profits, but I argue that investing in human capital benefits long term profits. Example: lack of safety standards increases profits (taking into account workers comp does not exist) but may be forced to hire new employees to replace the injured or dead ones 😦 ; reasonable safety standards are followed and the health of workers are good, workers learn and get better at the job and therefore become better workers. Of course they are both conditional but in a nutshell, I think this would happen typically.

    3. Does conformity in a dress code and/or behavior help make schools a more equal and serious environment for achieving or does it prevent students from reaching their full creative potential?
    —If you have to wear a uniform and it stops you from being creative, it makes me think how creative you actually are. Case in point, our men and women overseas has shown enormous creativity in combating IED’s and they were wearing uniforms. In terms of expressing yourself I believe it still applies. If you have to solely rely on your looks to be creative, it makes me think you cannot compensate with personality. As for behavior it depends on what the conformity entails. To make it short, creativity is a product of the mind and not the body (even though the body can be a canvess) and codes of behavior such as manners and discipline do not obstruct creativity, just immaturity.
    4. Should states provide a free college education for all students regardless of financial need? What would be the benefits and disadvantages of such a policy?
    —I don’t see why rich kids need that benefit. It will make the policy seem more equitable but that type of equality is unnecessary. The idea of a free college is to alleviate the financial burden in obtaining it. The benefit would be long term as there will be more educated citizens and therefore more productive and informed citizens. The cost will be immediate at the financial burden in our country will be significant and obvious. It depends if the people believe that investment in human capital is worth the cost.
    5. Consider the fact that most Black U.S. citizens are descendants of people who were brought involuntarily to the U.S. What effects do you think this history has on African Americans and Whites today?
    —Two main affects come to mind. Animosity that can breed more animosity or, at least, distance or animosity that can breed reconciliation. Sectarianism or unity. It depends on the people what to make of it…..

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