Four Things for Friday

Friday, May 12 2023

Four Things for Friday
My extremely-focused older daughter during her "trike-a-thon" fundraiser at her kindergarten class yesterday

Good morning and Happy Friday! Hope you're all staying safe and, if you're lucky enough to have decent weather right now, you've made the most of it! Here are four news articles I found interesting this past week.

Good Samaritan Stops Runaway Stroller

This video went viral on a couple different platforms over the past two weeks. In it, a baby carriage rolls away in high winds while a parent struggles to stand up after falling trying to catch it. A bystander notices, rushes, and grabs the runaway stroller. Why I picked this particular version , and it becomes quite clear how relatedness plays into his motivation to act. Check out the version with an interview of the bystander here.

Drastic Measures in Dog Poop Dispute

This is a bit of a silly story, but it reflects a breakdown in a neighborhood that poses challenges ahead. In a DC neighborhood, a sign was posted accusing someone of trying to lure dogs to eat greased waste left there by other owners. Supposedly this is an act of punishment for not picking up after their pets, but it's one of those trust breakdown/relatedness minimizers that just stands to pit neighbor against neighbor. Would these people rush to their neighbor's aid in an emergency? I certainly hope so, but right now they appear to be more interested in entrenching their positions. Give it a read here.

The Corporate Volunteerism Debate

This is one that came out last month, but as volunteerism declines is certain to feature more prominently. Are those one-day events that many corporations engage in really helping build community? Is there blowback to the idea of corporate social responsibility? Give it a read for yourself, I know I'll be putting some of my opinions down in a later Monday feature. You can find this article here.

CPR & AED Education Crisis at Public Schools

The idea of learning CPR and AED use in schools is nothing new, but this article did lend a different spin on the topic. While the article doesn't come out and say anyone is against CPR training, it does bring to light another challenge- instructional time.

Rather than learning CPR the Senior Health curriculum is made up of six different subjects including the following: Identity and
L(G)BTQ+, Relationships, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco, Adult Preparedness (budgeting, decision-making skills), and Self Esteem, Bullying and Suicide Prevention.

In other words- relatability, relatability, relatability! Most of those topics would likely appear closer to a teenager's experience than sudden cardiac arrest. My proposal? Instead of thinking of CPR as an extra for senior health, let's start making it a first-month requirement for the Freshman class. Then you'll have a whole school full of lifesavers ready to help their community. You can find this article here.

Have a great weekend and stay safe!