How can we make our community better?
What are the most pressing challenges or problems we currently face in Liberty?
How can our study of History help us learn more about them?
Can we create and defend unique strategies to solve these problems and ultimately make our community a better place to live?
Our first step: Figure out what our citizens think are the most pressing problems in our community (Results below)
Each graphic below is representative of the different responses given by different demographics (U12/Over 12/Professional/Common Worker, Educator, or Relative)
A. What are the problems that seem to come up from all different types of people ? (Traffic, Bullying, Crime/Violence, Taxes, Homework, Racism, Growth, Drugs, Debt, Social Media, Homeless, Unemployment, Laziness/Entitlement, Overcrowding in schools, Stereotyping, Time, Poverty, Communication, Health/Care, Breakdown of family units, Littering, Personal Responsibility, Not enough teen jobs, Teen Suicide, Minimum Wage) (25 Total Responses with the most hits across demographics)
C. Results from narrowing activities (Each class was asked to narrow our list of 25 problems down to three using two of the most significant criteria below:
* Which problems are most significant to us in our personal lives?
* Which problems, if we solved them, have the inherent ability to solve many other problems as a byproduct of their solution?
Hour 1: (Bullying, Crime/Violence, Personal Responsibility)
Hour 2: (Personal Responsibility, Bullying, Crime/Violence)
Hour 3: (Personal Responsibility, Unemployment, Crime/Violence)
Hour 4: (Bullying, Crime/Violence, Personal Responsibility)
Hour 5: (Bullying, Personal Responsibility, Drugs)
Hour 6: (Bullying, Crime/Violence Drugs)
Results: Bullying, Crime/Violence, Personal Responsibility were our top 3 choices
Note: Shortly after this process our classes decided that bullying and crime could both largely be solved if we could greatly increase our community's ability to be more personally responsible on all fronts. (2nd round of interview results below...)
What's the most pressing problem we currently have in Liberty because it's community members don't have more personal responsibility? (2nd interview-6 demographics)
Once we formulated the results from our 2nd round of interviews students were asked to rank their top 3 choices they'd be most personally invested in trying to solve through May. The following links shows us the problems each class has chosen to tackle. http://goo.gl/nG3kwc . In addition, each student was asked to write down in the fewest words possible why the problem they ranked highest was so important for them to try and solve. Below is a slideshow of their responses.