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Homework for you and your family

With your family, look at this photo and think and talk about what you see. Use your Compass Point to guide the way you think and talk. Don’t get distracted by other things, focus only on your Compass Point. So, for example, if you have the Economy Compass Point, look at this picture and think/talk only about how economics relates to it.

Then make a comment to summarize your thoughts.

Photograph by sherrattsam on Flickr
  1. Ranvir
    March 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    The POOR: It is really messy and it is made out of garbage as well as natural resources. Everything isnt as secure and fun like the condos. These dudes swim, canoe, fish, hangout, play soccer and what not. They cant mix up due to differences between the environment so the parents believe that it isnt save and clean.

    THE RICH: The rich have PS2s, GBAs, DS and other video games. The have more comfort, education, leisure, friends, activties and hangout places whereas the poor have to mix up between themselves.

    FINAL VERDICT/CONCLUSION: The poor are saving nature by using the resources they have and they make use of it in a good way. The rich are bent on buying new things like Ipods, video games etc.

    • Sasha
      March 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

      Which part of the compass did you choose?

      • ness
        March 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm

        He did Nature

  2. Ranvir
    March 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Sorry. Not dudes. Kids

  3. Alfie
    March 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I have the economy compass point which means I’m looking at this picture money wise. I can see poor people living in shacks right next to a dirty pond or river, we also have rich people in a luxery hotel. I think its a bit unfair because the rich people are basicly boasting to the poor people. It is completly horrible and in an ideal world everyone would be equal. We know from the past history that communism doesn’t really work, but I think the rich could help the poor more.

    In the picture the hotel is very close to the slum, why didn’t the rich builders help the poor by building them better houses to help the community. My Mum says that in Europe if a builder wants to build expensive appartments he has to build community homes as well on the same site. Why couldn’t the hotel help their neighbours?

    Another way that the rich can help the poor is by giving them jobs. The hotel could give jobs to the people in the slums. My Mum thinks that helps more than just giving people money because it gives people pride in themselves. Helping the poor to help themselves.

    I also think the rich don’t always have more fun. The poor are all living together with the friends and family. The kids have friends to play with, outside they can swim and play football. In the hotel they might have stuff PSP, DS, Xbox but do they dudes to play with?

    • Mr. Sam
      March 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

      Hi Alfie,

      Some interesting thinking going on in your comment. I particularly like the idea of wealthy builders having to build “community homes”. I wonder if it would work in places like Bangladesh.

      Unfortunately, most people that live in those places can’t get jobs. This is often because the richer people think they are “too dirty” to go inside a nice home or hotel. Also, because they have less access to education, it is often difficult for them to get a job that is more then just manula labour. Most manual labour jobs pay people about 50p a day in Bangladesh!

      Mr. Sam

  4. Sasha
    March 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    I chose the “WELL-BEING” from a part of the compass.
    Me and my aunt had a conversation about the big picture and this is what we discussed:

    HEALTH: It looks like the water is not that clean so they don’t have clean water to drink and that is not good for health, there is not much food the kids can find there, and the houses they built are practically made out of garbage and bamboo.

    HAPPINESS: We don’t think the kids are that happy because the environment over there is quite polluted, but there are many things the kids can play for example soccer, hop scotch, make boats, go fishing, and many many more things and the kids are just “ENJOYING LIFE!”

    EDUCATION: They don’t have any schools or anything that their parents can afford for the child. People think poor people are stupid and they don’t have any knowledge but they can actually be smart and well mannered.

    SATISFACTION: My aunt and I think they are not that satisfied but not like rich kids, they don’t complain and appreciate with what they already have.

    • Sujinna
      March 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm

      I like how you made your thing into paragraphs

      PS. Don’t forget tomorrow I’m taking you to the exhibition conference

    • Mr. Sam
      March 15, 2010 at 8:44 am

      Hi Sasha,

      This is a good comment that shows your understanding of how complex life is for these people. They are extremely poor, but you’re right, sometimes they can be extremely happy, strong people who really appreciate the simple things in life.

      Mr. Sam

  5. 17samanthad
    March 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    The first thing we observed in the picture was children playing at the waters edge, just next to where sewrage is coming into the river from the squatters huts. This must put peoples health at risk of infection from water bourne diseases. Whilst the kids may be playing happily it makes us think that they should be at school, do they have access to a school for education? or are they too poor to go to school? Behind the squatters huts there appear to be condos for people who are richer than the squatters, this made us think about how satisfied the squatters might be compared to the people living in the condos. The environment is polluted and probably quite dangerous for the people living in and around the huts, this means that the environment is poor or even very poor. The primary relationships of the people living in this setting are probably also very poor as everyone in the family (children and the adults) would have to work long hours every day of the week to survive. The trees that are flowering maybe bring a note of hope to this picture!

  6. Johann
    March 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    The first thing we noticed was the houses and the materials they were made out of scrap materials. Then we noticed the other apartment and then the a wall that keeps them separate. It doesn’t look like a normal wall it looks pretty tall so no one can climb over it and there is no gate. Then we saw the other gate and that looked like an electric fence so they must have a lot of protection for that apartment. Then we noticed the children playing with each other and having fun. My dad thought the photo or the topic was pretty interesting and he liked the photo. I thought it was pretty sad because no one plays with the other children. I also thought that they made there own little community and they look pretty happy. A wondering we had was how many people actually look at them for more than 20 seconds.

    Johann 🙂

    • Johann
      March 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      We got a bit of topic.

  7. 17nikkis
    March 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    After looking at the picture thoroughly with my mom the compass that I have gotten directs to SOCIETY and this is what we have to say:

    This picture indicates that people living here do not have a healthy community nor do the children have proper schools to go to. Therefore the children are left unattended and there are no proper organizational structures to uphold the society. They seem to live in a slum where no attention is paid to their well-being, the reason being that they are poor. We feel that the government or the head chief of that slum community should start taking actions to improve their standards of living in a society.

    We feel that society is shaped by individuals, people are shaped by choices. One of the many choices is who to hang around with, that is which society to hang around with and therefore people shape society. When society shapes people things tend to stagnate. And when people try too hard to shape society it can be not so good. There needs to be a good balance of nature and nuture.

    Social institutions are things that shape who you are and who you become. The family gives a basic structure of beliefs and values. It is what cements our morals and beliefs. The school is where a person learns how to read and write, and also how to interact with peers in an acceptable way. The school teaches us social skills
    The community teaches us values such as the importance of helping people out and it gives a sense of the other people in the world. Religion is something that can affect people in different ways, but it sets a standard of living with a specific set of goals and morals.
    People shape society.

    The rich people form the “upperclass” of society.
    The average makes the “middleclass” of society.
    The poor man forms “lowerclass” of society.

  8. 17saery
    March 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm


    Bad things:
    When we saw the picture we thought that it could be bad for the nature because the water is dirty and theres some rubish everywhere. When we saw this picture my dad’s first words was “People should not be here”. I asked him why and he said that because WE are the person who is distroying the nature and if WE where not there the nature will be all safe on its own with a really helthy trees because of all the things that the animals do. We should look at the nature and we should not put rubish on the floor and all thoughs stuff. My dad also said “You can’t just think but you actually do it… so lets start today!!”(laugh). (my dad)”So because that we need to clean the world we should not shower from today!!” (joke)(laugh).

    Good things:
    We couldn’t really think about good things because that the thing that was happening was too bad but we had one thing that is good for the people who is looking at this picture or the person that is there watching them. The person who is looking at them or looking at the picture will be able to know the difference between the rich and poor. We will be able to think about there feelings and try to be eco friendly or ANYTHING that can help them.

    • 17saery
      March 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm

      oh and my dad also said that we should not go to toilet because its a BIG wast of water… (its only a joke)

  9. 17lucam
    March 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    This is what we said (I have economy):
    We think that the people are poor and that they don’t have enough money to hire or buy proper shelter. It seems behind the poor houses there is a building for rich people like Emporium. Rich and poor people can live in the same city but since they don’t have the same money they don’t have the same type of lifestyle. We also think that the poor people make boats, make kites, fly kites and swim and the rich kids have expensive and new things like PSP, PS2, WII or an Ipod. We think that the rich building costs alot and but there is more safety like if a storm comes the building won’t collapse but the poor people’s house are opposite, cheap and not that stable (but at the same time there quite simple). We also thought about toilets, I think the rich people can just go to the toilet and do a big poo but the poor people probably have to take of their clothes except there underwear go into the river pull their underwear down and then they do a poo but they don’t have toilet paper or the children can go to a bush. We think that the rich people are clean and have good soap/shampoo/conditioner but the poor people might not have enough money for soap/shampoo/conditioner so they might be less clean. We also thought about something important:
    SCHOOL, the poor people might have lessons from their mom or dads because they can’t afford school and the rich people go to a great school and since they don’t have that much education the children might not get jobs when they get older because they can’t school and their children can’t go to school and get good jobs and it would keep happening and with the rich people would also be a cycle on they go to school and get a good job. I thank my mom for her time because she was very busy because she had training from 4:00PM-6:00PM, I reward her with a kiss.

  10. March 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I got the card about “Society”

    From the picture my mom and I can see the living conditions of the children playing nearby. This shows that they and the people that are connected with them, example parents belong to the poor society. They would be equally sharing all their resources that they have. Their hygiene as a community will be affected by the way they are living, and as you can see in the water there is rubbish.It seems that this community is not very concerned about the traditions and arts that they have, instead they seem to care more about feeding themselves everyday.

    In the scene there seems to a apartment building which lets us know that they form a wealthy community. We can’t really see any of them in the picture but My mom and I have a feeling that they have a more organized society with schools and businesses and traffic rules.etc

    A question, how come the houses are made out of bamboo and dont look that comfortable, but their are a few trees which are really beautiful. Why?

  11. Sujinna
    March 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    We noticed that the houses were made from materials they can find such as bits of bamboo, well the house is basically made from bamboo. We also noticed that the houses were nearly built in water, there was hardly land for the poor to live on. Then we saw that there were no schools at all which probably means that they can’t learn to read and write but they can still do things that we sometimes can’t. They can sometimes be more smart and knowledgeable than us. Anyways if there was a school, the poor won’t be able to afford the school fees for their children.
    From the well-being side, we think that the kids would probably have to drink dirty water so then that means that the children and the poor could get sick, so they are not happy and they don’t have good health. Then they have to spend their work time, to take care of their family member that is sick, which means that they can’t earn money so they are not happy, most people is that happiness = them being wealthy. I then noticed that the children look very skinny which probably means that they don’t have enough food, the kids might have to work to earn money so that they and their family can live, so the kids and the adults don’t have any strength to work and then they get sick and not get healthy.
    My parents and I don’t think that the kids are very happy since the water around the place is much polluted. We might just say that they are always sad, but actually there are games that they can play, they might not have DS or Wii or Game boys but they actually have a way of entertaining themselves such as playing tag, hide and seek, hop scotch and since there is a big like lake, they could go fishing or go on boats or even make boats. They can enjoy their selves in a way that we can’t because we just don’t learn to entertain ourselves without any electronics. We find that these kids don’t feel as satisfied but they are not like the spoiled rich kids who can’t have enough, they are happy with what they have. They don’t care and I don’t care and I also hope that you wouldn’t care about their nationality, religion, color and their family statement. I think that that (what I just said) is the most important part I this writing, not their nationality, religion, color and their family statement.

  12. Cael
    March 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    My commpass point is Economy, economy means good jobs for people at good wages but I think the people in the picture they might have good jobs but not good wages. It looks like there are no vital business or good infrastructure. Witch means that there is no shops were they can buy needs or roads were they can go places with. The economy shown in the picture is poor.

  13. Ping Ping
    March 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I have been conversing and consulting about the issues about the environment and about economy because it was very interesting when my dad talked about the economic crisis. There is a lot going on that we are still using the resource and did you ever wonder about how the cost of oil or electricity increasing a little everyday does. The thing is that everything that we do that involves the environment or anything else creates a chain of events and I will use oil as an example:

    1st: We use way too much oil and the cost of oil increases.
    2nd: The cost of oil is very high for transportation and electricity.
    3rd: Because of the cost of oil and electricity, the cost of food and daily supplies cost more as a result.
    4th: People use too much money on the oil and not enough on house supplies and food.
    5th: People who make the supplies and food don’t have customers and as another effect, the people who buys the goods don’t have the money to afford it and everything goes into chaos and we will have an economy breakdown.

    The Solution: Getting renewable energy to replace the lost energy and resources or using less of the things we have and think of newer ways to be more eco-friendly.

    Ping Ping

  14. Mick
    March 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I got the nature compass point.

    Both the poor and the rich their garbage goes into the water, that made the water smell bad. The water might go to the sea or river and it will kill fishes and other living things in the water. The animals that drink water from this place will also be affected. Water is really bad so animals and humans cannot really use it. It makes the environment look bad. If the water smell bad poeple in the apartment have to turn air conditioner on and not open windows which is also bad for nature. When the water is polluted it will also destroy the habitat of local animals and maybe even make them endangered. Also if you look closely there is a fence. The fence is built probably because poor and rich people don’t want to be together and its made from metal which is not good for the environment. But the local poor people have made their shelters from bamboo and other reused rubbish. The poor also hang their clothes and not use dryer machines. Also the kids don’t play with machines that will destroy the environment (electronics) but they play outdoor instead.


  15. Nathan
    March 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I am doing Nature and I see that the really rich apartment next to it, when they flush the toilet it goes into the river and the the people who live on the water will have to use it and it might be poisonous and it may give them skin problems. If they use the water for cooking it may affect them because of all the bad and dirty water. The houses where they build can also cause a negative impact on the fishes that live in the river because of all the bad water from the rich apartment and maybe from the poor too.

    • 17rimjhimk
      March 11, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      I think that starting from flushing the toilet to getting skin diseases is well being so what has that got to do with nature?!

  16. ness
    March 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    My card is about nature
    My mom isn’t here so I talked to my dad
    Based on the picture my dad said the hygiene standard is very low (for the squatters)and can pollute the river such as sewage and rubblish. The river can flow down to other users in other parts and they can transmit bacteria,germs etc. And make others sick. The living things in the river also die because the polluted water. The river doesn’t have alot of water plants. Also when the squaters wash their untensils, clothes and alot of more things, they can put harmfull chemicals into the river too. And if they wash them again, it will get dirtier. The bad smell from the polluted river is unpleansent for everybody.

    On the positive side, they use lesser electricity than other people. SO they save the world’s energy. They also use the recycled items to bulid their houses.

  17. Amy
    March 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Me and my parents talked mainly about how the people living in those houses feel. My mom also gave me a great example. When she went to India with my grandma, my grandma gave this poor lady 10 rupees and after that the lady kept following them so when my mom turned around to ask the lady why she kept following them she said that they only gave her 10 rupees. I told you that story because some people aren’t satisfied with what they get that is called being UN well being.

    This is another example of a good person, One day when my dad was ordering some food from his favorite place the man said that my dad was lucky because he got the last one there was and my mom was wondering why he didn’t work on when it was only 10:00am, so she asked him and he said that the money he got was already in of for him. I think that the man is very satisfied with what he got and I think those people disserve more not only money but everything.

    My mom and dad both agree that the people in the photo of the slums may be good people but those people living in the apartment will never know or even be bothered to find out. Well being doesn’t only mean to be healthy and wealthy its also part of your mind and it can also be part of your reputation or other peoples. Well being is also very important because it’s very similar to the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” because the person you think is bad might be the most generous person there is. So I believe that you shouldn’t judge a person by their looks why don’t you just try talking to them and try getting to know them better.

  18. Arne
    March 10, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    My compass point was Society and I think what the big picture is with my mom means that has different living standards and that they aren’t allowed to go near the other people who have better living standards than them. The rich people can also help the ones that are in real need, if they want to. But rich people might not want to care about the poor,homeless and disabled people. Everyone should have equal rights but it doesn’t work like that. If you are poor you are poor if you are rich you are rich but you might get poor as well. Also I think that lots of rich people are usually stressed out and the poor people might be politer than them.

  19. 17mikit
    March 10, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    My card is WELL – BEING. I had conversation with my dad. We talked about…

    HEALTH: There are not enough food and water is not clean, so their health is not good and it is easy to get sick. Then they can’t earn money and they can’t buy helthy food or water for drink.

    HAPPINESS: I think they are not happy so much, because they don’t have food and water for drink. But I think they are happy about play, because there is like lake and they can fishing, swim, boating, etc… And also they can use nature material to make naturel toy or something. Or they don’t know electric games so they don’t think electric games are fun, and they enjoying play outside.
    When I didn’t get Wii, I enjoyed to play outside with my friends. But now I have Wii so I can play Wii and play outside, if I want.

    EDUCATION: I don’t think they can go to school and some people need to work with thier parents and earn money.But I think all of them have knowledge, because they can use nature material and combine them and make something or use for work. And also I think some people can get knowledge through the life, like calculation.

    SATISFACTION: We think they are satisfied, because they think how to use nature material and use their knowledge to make things for living, working, or playing.

    FULFILLMENT: I don’t think they have enough foods, clean water, money, and clothes. But I said many times before “they can make somethings by themselves”. But sometimes they can’t do anything about problems.

    CONCLUSION: I think they do SELF – SUFFICIENT.

  20. karam
    March 11, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I got the well being compass point. I discussed the big picture with my mother and here is what I managed to sum up.

    Living conditions: The shacks look completely tattered and rundown. This is no place for children to live in. The shacks seem to be made of tinfoil,rags and some bamboo poles. They would never hold up to a little rain.

    Health: The water near the shacks seems very dirty and stagnant and stagant water breeds mosquitos and parasites. THe children are playing bathing and washing clothes and probably even drinking this water. Tehy will get many diseases and be unhealthy.

    Eduacation: This is definetly a slum and I do not think that they have any schools. And if they do not get any education they will not be able to improve their lifestyle.

    Satisfaction: I think that even though these people do not live in a very healthy state they are still quite satisfied with their lives.

    • Amy
      March 15, 2010 at 7:37 am

      I think that these type of people are more satisfied then some of us because like my Mom always says once you get something you want even more. But unlike them they are grateful for what they have. If you want to know more about this you could look on my paragraphs and I totally agree with you that with no education they cant improve their lifestyles or make any money, maybe thats what happened to their parents and now they do not have a chance to improve their lives. Even if they go to school I dont think they learn much, well not as much as we do or have many opportunities.

  21. karam
    March 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    They maybe self sufficient because the children make do with what ever they have
    they may be improvising stuff they have and making toys and cooking. Living in these conditions can make your immune system stronger and they may be healthier than they look.

  22. 17rimjhimk
    March 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I think this affects the society because some people are poor and living near the apartments of rich people. The rich people’s apartments have given the poor people such less space that the have to live right over the water. Also the water that they might have used or still use is now dirty because all the wastes are flown into the river, to cool down some machines cold water is taken in and hot water is flown out. Last year on the barge trip we learnt that water animals need cold water to live and have oxygen to breathe. This also affects the society because communication between this people is reduced as much as possible.

  23. Taku
    March 11, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    N for Nature.
    They have a lot of nature in this picture, a lot of trees and theres a lot of green around. The poor people cut down bamboo trees to build their houses and that is destroying nature. If they have enough bamboo trees it could be okay because there is lot you can use. The water seems good but the poor people maybe use it for the toilet so it could pollute the water. I can see a cloth that covers the space and maybe this is a toilet. A lot of species of animals could live on the trees or land. I can see so many rocks and I think they cut down trees and that means there destroying the environment.

    I dont think there is some scenic beauty in this picture because of the dirt, all the rain pushed it down. If it was all natural it would be beautiful and there would be lots of animals living here. Maybe there would be squirrels or fire flies, but it has to be clean.

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