Capstone Three

Hello readers! Today I will talk about answering my main inquiry question. For those of you who have not been reading my posts i suggest you start or nothing i say is gonna make sense. But anyway my main inquiry is under what circumstances do unions form and are their strategies effective in getting what you want. This phase was pretty easy to do because I did way more research than I needed to and my sub questions were legit. Though the only complication was my final project. Capstone overall was a breeze.

When I was creating my final project I faced some pretty annoying complications. One was that my project was partially screwed up by Wevideo repeatedly. For example, one time it shifted all my images 4 seconds up so I had to rearrange the whole thing. Also my narration was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay longer than  expected so i had to shorten and find tons of images. Another complication is my green screening in my video. I had to do about 4 takes because I was in a basement and random noises kept sounding off. Also the Green Screen was wrinkled so that was annoying too. Overall this part was kind of annoying. But as they say, “If a man wants to grow a garden,he’s got to get his hands dirty.” If you wish to see my final project click here…(Sorry! Link coming soon!)

So in conclusion unions are formed when an economic crisis affects the workplace or when there is a need to obtain special benefits. Their strategies become effective only through the power of numbers. Alone they fail but together they succeed. Unions have been the defender of the American dream and the helper of all those who have lost sight of it. Whether unions are good or bad depends on what union it is. This struggle between unions and employers is beyond good and evil in my opinion. It has become a profit versus morality struggle. A battle is coming soon and it has come time to choose one’s side. Which side are you on?

Here is my script for reference. It is not what I used in the end though.

Awesome capstone script.

So all in all if capstone was a baking recipe it would contain the following ingredients.

  1. Obsession
  2. Aversion
  3. Depression
  4. Numb acceptance
  5. Annoyance
  6. Enjoyment
  7. Relief. 

Warning:

This product contains many failures and close calls. If you wish to make capstone open with care do to risk of obsession ingestion.

Capstone Two

In capstone we use interviews as one source of research. At first I was freaking out because I had no idea how we could contact people concerning my topic. Thankfully, we had an organizer that helped us find out how we could contact someone which brings us to the next section.

The process of finding my interview was kind of annoying at times and fun at others. Like once we began the interview part of capstone I was contacting AFL-CIO, a major union in america. In had made this big email about what to say and everything and sent it fingers crossed. I thought that they would just ignore me but to my surprise, they responded. I thought that was great but what they said was not. They completely misunderstood what I was saying and when I tried to clarify they ignored me completely. So I went back to square one and found another person to interview. Then suddenly my dad forgot about it and we were unable to do it on the intended day. So we bumped it ahead one day and when it happened it was perfect. All my questions were answered and everything worked out. So that brings us to the next section.

The interview was very good and it did not go as I thought it would. I learned a lot about the everyday life of a steel worker and how the unions have helped him. I found out a lot of stuff but the one complication was that the recording was weird. It kept pausing itself and it also disappeared but luckily we were able to find the recording before school started. Other than that the only complication was that the person I interviewed had bad connection so some parts of what he said were barely audible. 

Overall the interview was very fun and nerve racking as well as interesting. If I could do it again I would probably have asked better follow up questions. I hope that my capstone will turn out good and that people will actually watch it.

Capstone One

Hello dear readers! The time has come to begin capstone. Capstone is the most important project in my entire time at the Scarsdale Schools. In capstone, we will choose a topic to study and basically study till we can’t do it any more. At then end we will have answered our main inquiry question. I  feel pretty hyped about capstone because I  will finally be able to study stuff I  actually like and still get credit for it. The problem is there was so much to choose from, which brings us to the next section.

Had to think long and hard about this question and it did not come to me easily. Kind of like a smack in the face when you know you deserve it. But anyway, we had to think about what interested us and we filled out this long long organizer (for some reason all big projects have a long long organizer in the beginning.)about what interested us and what was something we knew a lot about. But in the end I  chose to study unionization.

When I  was coming up with my inquiry question the main challenge I  faced was opinions. For one reason or another, all my questions had an opinion in there. But that got solved when I  took a gander at the four levels of questions. I  then refined my topic so that I  got to say what I  wanted to say. So I  decided to ask under what circumstances do unions form and are there strategies effective in obtaining what they want? I  chose this because it is open and leaves a lot of room for my fabulous sub questions.

For sub questions I  basically broke down the main question into six other miny questions such as what laws has the government created concerning unions? And what strategies do big businesses use to bust unions? I  chose these questions because when I  answer them I  can sort of group that knowledge back together and answer my main inquiry question. A challenge I  faced was wording. You could word something weirdly and then you fail Capstone. Which in my opinion is the ultimate humiliation. So any way I  am pretty happy with my sub questions because they came a lot easier than my main inquiry question.

So in conclusion I  am pretty excited to do capstone and I have very high hopes about the fruits of this project. But as they say, “Famous last words!”

Wevideo immigration reflection

I think I did good on my we video because i think i incorporated the answers that i got fairly well. Some things I did well were that i was clear and that my pictures made sense. If i could do this project again i would include a more detailed description of what a coyote is because my definition was pretty short term. Some areas I need to improve in are not just skim over things to save time in the video.overall I thought the presentation was decent. Here is the link to my presentation for those of you who would like to see it. My project.

Interview Reflection

My experience left me thinking that we need to do something about the quality of immigration. I think this because Angela had to go through so much trouble just to get to america. I also think this because hundreds of people are being deported just because they can’t afford to get into america. This Is important because it has broadened my view of the world and has made me realize that we have to do something about the terrible service in the US immigration services meaning that we must help all in need and not discriminate on the bases of class, race, religion, or political opinion.

Constitution project

My topic is the first amendment and my question is why is the first amendment still being violated today? i chose this because it is the most radical of the questions i made.

Electoral College

I think the Electoral College should be abolished because it does not count all votes equally and it discourages people from voting. The Electoral College gives more weight to votes in Wyoming than votes in New York. For example every 668965 votes in New York are equal to one electoral vote. Whereas 183304 votes in Wyoming are also equal one electoral vote. this means that votes in Wyoming are worth more than ones in New York. It discourages voting because the candidate that wins the majority does not become the president therefor even if you vote in a blue state and you want a red candidate but they have all ready counted up 51% of the ballets, the majority of people just wouldn’t vote.

Where I stand on this election.

The to main candidates for this upcoming presidential election are Joe Biden (Democrat) and Donald Trump (Republican) I personally prefer Joe Biden because he is not a sexist or a racist. I also prefer him because he does not want to escalate the already to high conflict with Iran. I hope this encourages people to support Joe Biden.