This week we learned about WWI. I like history and WWI so it was interesting. Some things I didn’t like was how slow everything felt. I would like it if we went faster through the unit. It feels like I’m just being fed the same information over and over again. Some things I liked were learning more about the alliances that brought everyone into the war. Although there were some things I didn’t like I’m looking forward to learn what goes on during the war next week.
In the last we have learned about things like birth rates compared to poverty, the poverty cycle, how to reduce food waste, and more. I liked learning about climate change more. It was interesting to see how many tons of greenhouse gases certain industries produce. Some ways we created greenhouse gases was indirect by buying electricity from places like the US and Alberta and I thought that was interesting. In general I liked this unit, but there were things that I thought were useless to learn. For example we were taught about what we can recycle. On the surface this seems like a good idea, but I think people don’t change without consequences or insensitives and educating people about this won’t make them recycle. Even if this had gotten more people to recycle the waste a from average people created in a household is such a tiny percentage of our waste and if all of us recycled perfectly it would be a positive but I think we should focus on bigger contributors to greenhouse gases and waste.
Currently in Canada we have a first past the post voting system. I like the current system and I think it has a lot of benefits. One thing that it does well are representing ridings better than other systems. Each riding always has the representative that is best aligned with majority of the people’s beliefs. These individual representatives make up a bigger government. Each representative will push for what their riding wants. I think this is fair because ridings will get better representation in government than other voting systems. A downside is that it is possible that a portion of the population votes for one party but they are not represented proportionally in ridings won.
Another voting system is mixed-member proportional this is a system where there are elements of first past the post and proportional representation. If not first past the post I would choose this system because it is better than first past the post for total representation of the country but it’s not as good at riding representation. It would make it so MLA’s would be voted in by people voting for their party as well as being voted in from their riding. However it is a compromise between the two and I think that the first past the post system represents the country well enough while also doing the best job of representing ridings.