Switzerland: A Look at it's Social Issues

A class project in Mr. Smith's English 10 at Cardinal Newman HS

Project Overview

Project Proposal

Name: Anna Hartmann

Period: 1

Nation of your choice: Switzerland

Rationale (or explanation why you are curious about this country): I have always been fascinated with Switzerland's culture and people because my dad's side of the family is from Switzerland. My grandma always used to tell me stories about Switzerland and how beautiful it was and I fell in love with the country. Since my grandma told me about Switzerland I've always wanted to visit my family there and learn about their lives and culture.

Summary (of what you already know about the history, geography, culture, and social issues): I don't know to much about Switzerland, but I do know they have remained neutral in many wars. I also know that the Frank is one of the most valuable currencies in the world and that its very mountianous.

Prediction (about what you think you will discover or hope to discover during your research): During this project I hope to learn much more about the culture and geography of Switzerland. I also want to learn why they don't want people migrating into their country. I hope this project will inspire me to travel to Switzerland one day.

Discussion (of the importance of this nation in the global community, i.e., the “so what?”): Switzerland is a wealthy nation therefore it is a very influential figure in our global economy. Switzerland has one of the best educational systems in the world and many of the worlds top scholars come from there.

New York Times Topics: Switzerland

#1 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Anna Hartmann

Period: 1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Swiss Voters Reject Move to Restrict Immigrants"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Melissa Eddy

Date of Publication: November 30, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The Swiss people rejected a proposal to allow more foreigners into the country seeking to work and live in Switzerland because they are scared the increase in immigrants will harm the economy.

Quote: Melissa Eddy states, "The growth in job seekers has spurred a backlash among many Swiss who fear that their country’s generous welfare system and delicate ecosystem cannot withstand a continued influx of outsiders."

Comment: I'm of two minds about Melissa's claim that immigration will harm the country. On one hand, I agree that the influx of foreigners could disrupt Switzerland's economy and ecosystem. On the other hand, I think that people should be able to the experience the beauty and prosperity found in Switzerland.

#2 They Say, I Say

Student Name: Anna Hartmann

Period: 1

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Swiss Voters Defeat $24.65 Minimum Wage by a Wide Margin"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Melissa Eddy

Date of Publication: May 18, 2014

Essay main idea/thesis statement: The Swiss people reject a proposal to raise the minimum wage up to $24.65 because they fear it will intervene withe the economic policies that are the base of Switzerland's prosperity.

Quote: Johann Schneider-Ammann believes that, "A fixed salary has never been a good way to fight the problem… The best remedy against poverty is work."


Comment: I agree that, a fixed salary is not a good way to fight poverty, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe the contrary. If companies start having to pay higher wages to workers it will lower the companies income and could lead to employee cuts or the company not being able to stay in business.

#3 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "Swiss Voters Defeat $24.65 Minimum Wage by a Wide Margin"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Melissa Eddy

Date of Publication: May 18, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE: Melissa Eddy wrote this article and has written many more articles about Switzerland and this leads me to conclude that she is Swiss or is just very interested in Switzerland. This article was directed to people outside of Switzerland who are interested in Swiss politics. The writer wrote this to address the important debate on if raising the minimum wage in Switzerland is a good or bad thing.

2. CONTENT AND THEME: The article is on how the Swiss rejected a raised minimum wage with a 76% majority. Most of the Swiss people apparently don't think that a lower minimum wage is a bad thing. The article goes on to say that a lot of Swiss people think that a raised minimum wage will disturb its perfect economy.

3. TONE AND MOOD: Based on the tone of the article I would say that the author agreed with the Swiss' decision to keep the minimum wage where it is. She wants to sway the readers mind to agree with the Swiss decision.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES: The author uses irony when she talks about how rich Switzerland is, yet still has a significant lower class.

5. STRUCTURE: This article is structured very well with a solid introduction and conclusion with good body paragraphs. The author also uses a wide range of quotes which emphasized her point.

#4 The Big 5

Title of article (in quotation marks): "More People Going to Switzerland for Assisted Suicide, Study Finds"

Title of newspaper (underlined or italicized): New York Times

Essay Author: Pam Belluck

Date of Publication: August 20, 2014

1. AUDIENCE AND PURPOSE: This article was focused on people who are interested about Swiss politics and, or assisted suicide. This article was not meant to promote assisted suicide in any way, just to announce the situation to others.

2. CONTENT AND THEME: The article is about the increasing number of people coming to Switzerland to have assisted suicide. The author seemed to not be critical of the people who had gone to have assisted suicide just delivered the facts.

3. TONE AND MOOD: The authors tone was not condescending of positive towards assisted suicide. The article addressed the issue in a neutral way. Personally, because I am against assisted suicide, the article made me feel sad for all the people who have done assisted suicide.

4. STYLISTIC DEVICES: The author uses irony when she is talking about how most of the people who go to Switzerland to have assisted suicide have a health problem, but the problem isn't terminal. So they could get better but choose to not.

5. STRUCTURE: The article was well structured with a good use of facts. The article had no bias as far as I could tell.

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2 years ago
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It is interesting that Switzerland has a lot of people traveling to there to commit assisted suicide. I think your page is really great and interesting. Way to go! Why do you think that Switzerland is a popular place to travel?