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Part one: Your subjectDetailed Historical/Biographical Overview of your subjectW.E.B Du Bois was a social scientist, an activist for civil rights, writer, and editor. He was born on 23/02/1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, where he was raised in an extended family. He made a significant contribution to social work in society. He was enrolled in Fisk University, Berlin University, and Harvard University between 1885 and 1894, where he had the opportunity to meet many sociologists (Katz & Sugrue, 1998). He became Harvard University’s first Black American to graduate in the doctor of philosophy in 1895. Black Folk Souls urged blacks to fight racial inequality in their practice and opposed black leaders like Washington’s civil rights policies. In the early 20th century, he spoke out for African American rights. At Atlanta Wilberforce University, he taught Greek and Latin, where he focused on teaching and engaging in liberation movements while questioning American discrimination.Discuss the successes and failures associated with your subject.Du Bois’ main objective was to speak out against racial discrimination suffered by African Americans from white people. In 1899, the Philadelphia Negro was the first case he studied about the African American community. He explained in this study of “the talented tenth” a term to show that one out of every ten African Americans will be rulers of their group. This also tried to point the employment discrimination and accommodation as the obstacles to prospering black people in the north and on racial justice (Du Bois, 2013). He questioned so much how blacks highly regarded vocational education than their social life, such as higher learning and politics. Washington’s assertion was always that the way African Americans would be able to eliminate segregation was by working hard and prosperity, so they should accept it because they never had any other way. Du Bois regarded this as an approach for weakening Black people to make them inferior. He fought for equality in every way. Du Bois co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He also became the editor of its magazine (Broderick, 1958) However, Du Bois supported World War thinking that it could make the Blacks and White team together. He was wrong about this as the African soldiers faced racism even during the war. This failure haunted Do Bois till his death.Make certain that you highlight controversial Issues associated with your subject W.E.B Du Bois was affiliated with some controversial issues. He adhered to communist doctrines throughout his life. Du Bois visited the Soviet Union in 1917, the year that the Bolshevik revolution happened in Russia. It is the same year that the USA entered World War One. He was expelled from the NAACP, which he co-founded, in the 1930s for sympathizing with the Communist Party (Rabaka, 2003). Du Bois accepted the Lenin Peace Prize from the U.S.S.R. He is also said to have eulogized Joseph Stalin, the Soviet dictator, and mass murderer. In 1959, he supported the Mao communist regime in China, which killed millions. Du Bois also sympathized with imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.What are the Economic, Political, social, or Cultural issues that contributed to or “fed” the social issues/ biographical subject’s philosophy that you have researchedDu Bois’s motivation for his work was the racism in the United States. He advocated for equal rights among the African American people and the Whites. He further said that one out of every ten blacks was likely to be a leader. He promoted black culture as the editor of The Crisis, a magazine produced by the NAACP (Rabaka, 2003). Du Bois was also interested in communism which led him to become a supporter of progressive groups.Make certain that you discuss the lingering social/ educational issues associated with your subjectDu Bois has contributed greatly to the literature today. Most of his work is stored at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst school library. He studied and researched the social problems that were present at his time. He helped in the Pan Africanism, which advocated for independence in African countries. He also advocated for Black Nationalism. He helped to solve the social problems. He wrote several books that included The Philadelphia Negro, The Souls of Black Folk, Black Reconstruction and Dusk of Dawn (Du Bois, 2013). Du Bois promoted education. He said that education was power. According to him, education could help people promote all the necessary values and have healthy relationships among themselves. He also advocated for example teaching. This is teaching by examples. He observed that students learn more from behavior and not what they are taught.Discuss the 5 most important things we can learn from studying your subjectFrom studying W.E.B Du Bois we can learn many lessons. One of the most important lessons we learn is equality. Du Bois advocated for equality in the education system. According to him, African American citizens were supposed to obtain an education as the Americans were. He is a living example as he was the first postgraduate black student at Harvard University. Du Bois advocated the need to eliminate racism. He said that all people are brothers despite their skin color. We can, therefore, learn to promote harmony and eliminate prejudice in society.We can also learn to promote a just and fair society. Du Bois advocated for fairness and justice in the American system. The blacks were often accused of crimes and they did not receive justice (Lange, 1983). He stood against injustice until he died. He emphasized that the system could only hurt those involved and there was a need to streamline the systems. We can also learn to be courageous and stand for our course. Although Du Bois was met by a lot of critics in his activism, he did not give up. He kept on advocating for a just society for all people. Another trait we can learn from Du Bois is persistence and hard work. Du Bois worked hard and persisted on his call for justice, equality and promotion of education among the African American community. He did all that he could to achieve his goals. Today, he is one of the renowned social activists who ever lived,Part two: Democracy, Education and YouDescribe in your own words your views of “Democracy,” especially noting what it means to you in real-world principles and applications.Democracy is a form of government where the citizens practice power by electing their representatives. In a democratic setting, people can enjoy their rights and privileges as addressed by the laws and regulations governing them. Most of the countries today practice democracy (Rettig, 2016).In my opinion, democracy has promoted the rule of law today. The citizens of a given country are governed by the laws. This creates a restriction on how people should act and also ensure that the restrictions are followed. All the people are accountable to the law. Those who are found to have broken the law are punished accordingly. However, in some countries, vices such as corruption make its leaders and the rich to be prosecuted.Democracy promotes respect for human rights. Therefore, all people can express themselves in an acceptable way. Moreover, it protects peoples’ rights and freedoms from being misused by others. If a person disrespects another person’s rights or freedoms they should be punished according to the law. The rights and freedoms of the people make their lives convenient and protected.Through democracy, people can practice their political processes. There is no discrimination based on one’s political affiliation. Those that want to be representatives can ask others to vote them. All the people can decide independently on the leaders they want. The most preferred representatives are given the power to administer.Democracy promotes the freedom of the press. The press plays an important role in passing information. There are different players in the press but all align to one purpose, passing of information. Through the press, people are enlightened.What is the specific role of schools in preparing people for “Democratic forms of life?” Explain your position on these key issues.A democratic form of life is a life that embraces the values of democracy. Schools play a very big role in preparing students to be democratic. Schools should teach students about democracy. This creates awareness about what democracy is. In teaching about democracy, the schools should enforce the values of democracy. Some of the values advocated by democracy are equality, freedom, justice, and responsibility. Therefore, the school curriculum should be developed in a way that promotes democracy (Rettig, 2016). The syllabus should also include the history of democracy and how it is practiced in different countries.Teachers play the role of educating the students. The teachers should ensure that they enforce the need for such values to students. They should also set a good example for the students to learn from them. The values prepare the students for life after school. Whereas the values of democracy should be well understood by the students, living in a democratic environment is the best exercise. Therefore, schools should create and promote a democratic environment for the students. For example, in most universities, the students are allowed to choose their student leaders. The students are also punished for their mistakes and rewarded for their accomplishments. This promotes a democratic environment in the school. It also teaches the students how to be accountable and responsible for their actions. What specific skills do students need to develop to contribute to and benefit from America’s socioeconomic system? (the model of and for “social justice”)?Social justice is the concept of fair, just and equal relations between individuals and society. They are measured through the distribution of wealth and opportunities in society. The socioeconomic system is a discipline in social science that explains the relationship between the economic and social environments and how they influence one another (Casey, Morello-Frosch & James, 2017). The socioeconomic system in America revolves around individual incomes, their level of education, financial security and perceptions about social class. In general, it reflects on the quality of life. To contribute and develop in the socioeconomic system, students need to develop the necessary skills. Decision making is one of the skills. This skill involves the ability to respond effectively to situations. It allows individuals to make their choices. Another important skill is problem-solving skills. These are skills that are required to come up with solutions to problems. This skill is dependent on one’s decision-making skills. Communication skills also play a big part in the development of students. Knowing the correct way to communicate and when to communicate is paramount. It helps reduce communication barriers thus passing on knowledge and information. To take part in the socio-economic system, students also need to develop planning and goal-setting skills. These skills equip the student with the necessary tools to plan accordingly. Planning and setting goals is the first step to succeeding. Creative thinking and critical thinking skills are also relevant for students to contribute to and benefit from America’s socioeconomic environment. These skills will help the student to deal with challenges that he might face. The skills will also enable the student to contribute creatively to the system.In your opinion, what influence/ impact has your subject exerted on the capacity of schools to better prepare people for “Democratic forms of life”? In what way? Be specific in your responseDe Bios advocated for education among the blacks. At the time, most blacks worked in the informal sectors as laborers. He stressed on the need for them to acquire education. Education would lead them to liberation. In my opinion, De Bois had a very big impact on education for the African American communities (Rabaka, 2017). He emphasized on the need for equality and fairness in the education system. Through promoting education among the blacks, they liberated themselves. This made them live a democratic life and move out of slavery for good. From equality in education, all people learned the aspect of a fair, just and equal life.What is the most important aspect of this study that you believe will contribute to your development as a career professional educator?The aspect of equality is an important aspect of the study that will be helpful to me. Equality emphasizes on the need for giving equal chances and opportunities to all. Equality promotes a fair and just environment. This will contribute to the development of my career. It will help me to always act in a just and fair manner. This will help uphold my professional ethics.ReferencesBroderick, F. L. (1958). German Influence on the Scholarship of WEB DuBois. The Phylon Quarterly, 19(4), 367-371.Casey, J. A., Morello-Frosch, & James, P. (2017). 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