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The effects of development on community

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in social sciences, sociology

SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1 Aaron Pettigrew

Cynthia Maxson

English 102

October 10 , 2006

The Effect of Personal Development on Community

Productive citizens are made , not born . A well coordinated education that includes learning basic facts , critical thinking skills , and exposure to meaningful experience can have a positive impact on individuals and their communities . The idea that community and citizenship needs to be cultivated through emphasis on personal development has been studied by researchers , explored through literature , and finally is being incorporated into public schooling . At a time [banner_entry_middle]

where cultural diversity and globalization is stretching the boundaries of community and introducing `global citizenship ‘ into the vernacular , focus on personal development and critical thinking is essential for community change . Yet current public policy is furthering class divisions and teaching some students that they cannot effect community change because of how well they do in school or where they live

Government policies have traditionally focused their resources on encouraging economic development to ensure community stability . Yet community development has a more powerful effect on people and their communities than economic development . Defined as the course of action or attempt of building communities on a local level with stress on building the economy , forging and strengthening social ties , and developing the non-profit sector , community development entails a holistic view of stability . It seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing these groups with the skills they need to effect change in their own communities . These skills are frequently concentrated around building political power through the formation of large social groups working for a common agenda

To effect real change and create stability , the government and community developers must realize both how to work with individuals and how to affect communities ‘ positions within the perspective of larger social organizations . In this regard , service learning is yet another way to build communities . By definition , service learning is an educational method by which participants learn and grow through vigorous participation in service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community

Great thinkers have long made the connection between personal development , hands on experience , and community impact . Ben Franklin was famous for taking time to explore his personal passions and conduct bold experiments , forever changing the way humans live and interact His famous experiment of flying a kite with a key in a thunderstorm led to the discovery of electricity and enabled everything from seeing well at night , to the entire computer information age

Great have used the theme of the positive effect of personal development on the community to drive their plots and uncover human nature . In his famous novel Deliverance , James Dickey shows his reader how a forced interaction can cause growth and forever change the mindset of the community by changing the mind of just one community member . The protagonist is Ed Gentry , shown to be average in every way both physically unimpressive , and mentally indistinct . By presenting the hero as someone unexceptional , Dickey intimates that Ed Gentry… [banner_entry_footer]

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