This lessons I learned that the UK struggles a lot with homelessness. The number of homeless people has doubled since 2010. And even having a job in the UK does not guarantee a roof over your head. Also, some shocking statistics show us that every hour five families in the UK become homeless. In 2016, 43 140 families were accepted as homeless by their local council. This is a rise of 32% over the five years before. This is because of a “drought of affordable homes.” Families are forced to live in one room hostels or emergency bed and breakfasts, eating of the floor and often with siblings sharing single beds.
We don’t see much of that in the worldwide media because we only hear about Brexit instead of what is actually happening to the people in Britain.
Hi, my name is Hilde and I’m 17 years old. I chose the social studies class because I want to know more about the political systems in Britain and the USA and more history behind those countries. My expectations for this class is that I will learn something I didn’t know beforehand, (and also go on a trip to England)
What I’ve learned:
I’ve learned that in Britain the parliament is made up of the House of Lords and the House of Commons, where the House of Lords is made up of the Lords Spiritual who are 26 bishops and the Lords Temporal are mostly life peers. There are 800 people in the House of Lords, all of them appointed by either the Queen on the Prime Minister’s- or the House of Lord’s advice. In the House of Commons, there are 646 members, and all of them are elected. In Britain, it is a “winner takes it all” system which means that the political party with the most votes wins, it is the same in the US but there the other party could have majority of people in the congress. Example: The Republican party wins the presidential election but the majority in the Congress is Democratic.
What I found out about the English speaking world today:
Today I found out that the Queen approved Boris Johnson’s request to approve a suspension of the parliament that will last until the 14th of October. This means that it will be very difficult for the people in the parliament to stop Brexit from happening.
Gran Torino is about Walt, a retired Korea war veteran. His wife dies and he has to live alone. He’s then later on invited to a garden party hosted by his Hmong neighbors. He establishes a friendship with the daughter of the family, Sue and later on with her brother Thao.
Walt says he feels like he has more in common with Thao and Sue’s family than his own. I think this is because his family thinks of him more like a chore than a family member, while Thao’s family takes him in and appreciates his presence. Even though Walt doesn’t understand their beliefs and way to be, he still enjoys being there with them. He even lets Thao borrow his Gran Torino for a date. This shows how much Walt enjoys taking care of and being friends with Thao. Also, this could be how he is trying to make amends with himself for not wanting to spend time with or understand his own sons. Therefore he takes the role of Thao’s father and tries to teach him how things work and how to be a real man. He even ends up writing the Gran Torino to Thao in his will.
When the Hmong gang shoots at Walts neighbors house and rapes Sue, he decides to take revenge. Thao wants to kill them but Walt has other plans. Since he already knows he’s sick and feels like he can’t be redeemed, he sacrifices himself so the gang goes to jail for a long time. This shows how much he cared about Thao and Sue, he was willing to die for them. I don’t think he even would do the same thing for his own family, because Walt seems like a man of principles and since he isn’t even treated like family by his actual family, but by Thao and Sue like a father, makes them way more important to him.