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 3. Questions, 25 February – 10 March 2013

Week 2-3

Each class formulates a question on their Learning Circle theme according to criteria for quality research sponsored question.


hc1, Angus Morrison Elementary School, Canada, Question:


Through the lens of the media, we have immediate access to the many issues of conflict around the World today.  Our generation is hyper exposed to more and more examples of extreme injustice, documentation of tragedy and images of severe violence on a consistent basis. We wonder how this over saturation of conflict in our society will affect future generations. Is it possible the next generation will become numb towards shock inducing stories/statistics and therefore apathetic in activism?  We also wonder how this might explain why government officials appear to be slow in reacting or being proactive when dealing with extreme inequalities, injustices and wrongdoings with the global community.  Why does it often take large scale protests, petitions, rallies, riots, and movements, to pique the interest of political action towards change? Additionally, where does the balance of responsibility lie?


hc2, Ahliah School, Lebanon, Question:

How significant is the impact of the speed of communication on the way you view other religions, cultures and values?


hc3, Lorentz Lyceum, Netherlands, Question:


Many conflicts arise from not understanding each other. Signs and body language can play a role. Which gestures are specific to your area? (for example how you greet each other? How do you know if you agree with one another or not? etc.) Have you experienced when you were not understood because the gestures you used? How could this problem be solved?


hc4, Tabor Scholengemeenschap / locatie Werenfridus, Netherlands, Question:

There`s, according to us, quite a strange development going on at the moment.

  • On the one hand are people  talking about globalisation and about a world that seems to be getting “smaller” all the time.

          The result is that people are communicating and trading more and more but also interfering in eachother`s lifes, communities and societies.

          This also brings us another change because;

  • On the other hand we experience  that alot of people in our country but also in countries around us seem to be afraid  of a globalised world and they start to move back to regional and even smaller communities. This causes problems and even hatred for other peoples/religions/cultures  inside or outside our own country.

          We do not understand this. Globalisation opposite regionalisation!! Can anyone explain this to us?


hc5, Wolfert Lyceum, Netherlands, Question:

What do you see as the major problems in your country, at the moment or in the near future?

Are there a lot of different opinions in your country about these problems and how to solve them, and how does your country deal with these different opinions?

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hc6, Pedagogicla Liceum, Ukraine, Question:

Daily changes in the human societies can probably never be predicted. Even monthly changes are too much affected by chance for a prediction. On the other hand we should be able to describe long term changes, affecting large numbers of human beings, because here chance variations cancel out. Lets try to analyze the long term changes in today's human society and their interrelation. Which of these changes, in your opinion, will lead to possible future problems in society? And which ones? 


hc7, Lorentz Lyceum, Netherlands, Question:


All our Counties are part of a region, Northern America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Western Europe. Most contact, cooperation but also most conflicts are between countries in the same region. Examine in what manner the countries around you have the same, or have conflicting political and economic interests and the same and conflicting cultural aspects as your country has. Which of those interests and aspects might cause conflicts between your country and the countries around you, which of them cause closer friendships between these countries?

hc8, COLEGIUL ECONOMIC BUZAU, Romania, teacher Popa Mariana, Question:


Many human conflicts globally are caused by ethnic and religious aspects. How do you explain this?




     Conflicts have been present in human history from very long ago up to the present. However, they have changed in time, that is, we think their causes are different.

   What do you think caused more conflicts in the past and what is causing them nowadays? What can we do besides respecting human rights in order to avoid conflicts today?


hc10, Sutton Public School, Canada, Question:


What are the most significant threats to your political, environmental and social stability? 


Please describe each threat in terms of the following criteria:


A) How big of an impact they have personally, locally, regionally and nationally.

B) Describe when will they pose a problem (i.e., Is population growth going to pose an immediate risk to you, your area or your country or will it reach a certain tipping point at a future date?)

C) Describe how long each impact will be felt (i.e., will it last a year? a generation? permanently?).




Comments (7)

Bob Hofman said

at 10:11 pm on Mar 18, 2013

Hi students @Agnus Morrison, thanks for posting your questions..
We hope you enjoyed your March break and are fully energized to get back to the phase of research and answers!!

Copeland said

at 5:33 pm on Mar 18, 2013

Hello Everyone, Sorry Angus Morrison was late in posting. We had a week off vacation (March Break) and needed additional time consolidating our question for inquiry. Hope you find it well, cheers

Bob Hofman said

at 4:46 pm on Mar 13, 2013

Thanks Evelien, we are happy that now 9/10 questions are posted... we hope to find last remaining question from Angus Morrison Elementary School ASAP :-)

Evelien van Merkerk said

at 4:09 pm on Mar 13, 2013

Sorry I was late with the question. We could only yesterday talk about the question. I hope everyone can get on with our question.

Bob Hofman said

at 9:30 am on Mar 12, 2013

Thanks mr. Stefan and students (hc7) for posting your questions, all questions so far really make your brain think.... :-) If you would like clarification on one or more questions posted so far, please feel free to do so today or tomorrrow
Please Ms. Copeland (HC1), Ms van Meerkerk (hc3) and Mr. Koper (hc4) try to post youe question tomorrow Wednesday latest, so your LC parters can plan and work on research and answers!
With greetings, Eliane, Natasha and Bob

stefan van den hoff said

at 9:17 pm on Mar 11, 2013

I am sorry my group has not yet posted our question yet . It's finished know, but I need to check one or two things with my students. The question will be online tommorrow morning. Stefan van den Hoff, hc7

Eliane Metni said

at 2:00 pm on Mar 4, 2013

Dear All!
Remember to post your question by March 7th so we can discuss them in the Webinar this week!
Looking forward to seeing you all online!

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