As the heated political rhetoric in the country continues to intensify, it is important to learn how polarization occurs. Consolidation of the media, proliferation of false news and identity politics are a growing concern, according to Sam Jasek an Alvin Community College Honors student.
“This contributes to mistrust,” said Jasek, of League City.
Jasek spoke about his research findings during the Honors Program research presentations on May 4. The presentations are a requirement for students in the Honors program. Jasek was one of many students to present their research projects. The presentations covered a variety of topics in several fields including media, Finance, Science, Art, English, History and more.
One of the most effective measures of toning down the rhetoric could be refusing to support advertisers who sponsor polarizing content, he argued.
“These projects will prepare our students for local, regional and national competitions. We had a great group of students this year,” said Elizabeth McLane, ACC Honors chair.
Honors students compete throughout the school year in local and regional conferences. ACC Honors students have presented their research projects at local and national conferences such as the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium and the Great Plains Honors Council.
Student Alexis Wilhoite presented research on financial education among Millenials. As many young professionals and students amass loan debt, finance education is an important tool to address the issue. Students should have mandatory training in budgeting, balancing a checkbook and overall management of financial accounts.
“Credit card debt (among Americans) is much higher than their savings rate,” she said. One in five Americans are living beyond their means. Financial literacy can help,” she said.
To be eligible for the Honors program at ACC, students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 with at least 12 hours, an ACT score of at least 26, an SAT score of at least 1100, graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class along with approval by the class instructor.
For more information call 281-756-3742 or visit www.alvincollege.edu/Programs-Degrees/Honors-Program.