Core Competencies Reflection

Problem Situation

Scenario: John and Emily are high school students who want to get good grades, maintain active social lives, and participate in sports. John is a linebacker on the football team, and Emily is a defender on the soccer team. Their busy lives prevent them from spending much time on their homework, and they both have been averaging Cs with an occasional D on their work in English class. The end of the semester is drawing near, and a major final project and test are looming. They both think they will pull off at least a B in the course by doing well on these final activities. However, both the football and soccer teams have qualified for post-season games, and both John and Emily are on the decorating committee for a major end-of-year dance which they will attend. Secretly they both want to be selected as King and Queen for the dance, so they have been spending extra time socializing with other students after practice in the evenings.


  1. I believe John and Emily are deceiving themselves about doing well in their English class because they aren’t putting enough time into doing the work and learning in able to actually do well.
  2. I think that John and Emily might get a bad grade in English class while they are busy with the other things they are doing by not spending enough time on studying for the English project and test.
  3. John and Emily could possibly blame others for not being able to do good in English for making them as busy as they are during that time.
  4. If I could do anything different in their position, I would opt out of trying to be King/Queen for the dance because that is not as important as everything else they are doing. If that’s not enough, I would also not do as much for the sports until the project and test are done.

What is the American Dream?

I believe the American dream is to ensure that everyone is treated equally and fairly and live without discrimination of any kind. It should be to get rid of poverty so everyone who wants a chance to restart their life and get a house and job can do so. It should be to end violence by working on the gun laws to ensure that the wrong people are not able to obtain a weapon they can hurt people with. The dream should be to improve the recycling system so we do as much as other countries do, such as Germany or Switzerland. It should be to reduce carbon emissions and work on obtaining energy from renewable and safer methods such as tidal, hydrogen, solar, or wind. All of these things can be achievable but aren’t thought about as much as they should be today. Our decisions appear to be all about what will give us the most money, which is another thing that needs to change.