Student’s name Professor’s name Course Date “Online Game of Life.” The letter from my last name is M. therefore I am a factory worker earning a wage of eight dollars an hour totaling to $1280 dollars per month. From my category I have a family with six children to take care of. I allocate a portion equivalent of 30% of my income on food. From the amount earned each month; the portion allocated to food is $384 dollars. This therefore means that I spend about $12.8 dollars per day on food for the whole month subsequently each member of the household gets $1.6 dollars. From the above figures; it is evident that my food situation is on a low budget and therefore it is not easy to provide a balanced diet for my entire family throughout the month. The diet therefore is unhealthy and most likely to lead to seriously end up becoming successful people in life. It is through education that people are able to gain knowledge that they apply in the world so as to gain financial security for a better life. Education also influences life choices and several decisions there it is important to give a lot of emphasis to education as a way of alleviating poverty or even moving completely out of it. In my case I would use education as a tool to give me the necessary skills required in my target industry or profession. Dedication discipline and hard work will help me to avoid being in a similar situation as portrayed in the activity. By having the right skills dedication and the required level of education I believe I will be in a position to avoid being in such a scenario stated above and actually be able to afford a well-balanced life. [...]
Once you are finished with the game, here are questions you will need to REFLECT on and answer in your assignment. You do not need to include all of the answers below - just a brief summarization (4-6 sentences) will do for this portion. Focus the majority of your post on the last questions. Describe your situation: job, income, number of kids. Describe your food menu. Is this food enough? Is it healthy? What are the consequences of this kind of diet? Tell us where you live. Is this place big enough? Is it safe? What are the schools probably like? How did you decide to spend the rest of the money? Do you have enough left over for quality health care? How will you treat a sick person in the house? Can you afford to give your children educational tools like a computer, the internet, a printer, etc? Will your children go to college? How will you make sure that they have a better life? Say you come home and you are tired and stressed out from working so hard. How do you unwind or release some tension? What are typical outlets for pressure among the lower class members? Let's imagine your child is sick. You take them to the ER. It costs you $600 for the visit. Can you pay this? Do you think you would turn to other means, perhaps illegal means, of making money? Summarize your response to the above questions. Then, thoroughly answer the questions below in 300+ words. Include your word count in your assignment. Share your overall reaction to this activity. According to the text, who are the poor? What are the factors that might result in a person being poor? Given this activity, what do you think is the relationship between social class and crime, physical health, education, parental guidance, mental health, politics, life satisfaction? According to functionalists, poverty is essential in maintaining social balance. Evaluate this claim by arguing how poverty is functional for society and who benefits from the existence of the lower classes, then discuss how poverty is dysfunctional and causes social instability. Look at the social class ladder chart uploaded for you on the main course page. How does education play a role in life chances and social class? How will you use your education to prevent the imaginary scenario of this activity from becoming your reality?