- How was the economic status of each girl decided? Explain if you think this is fair.
The society around us is filled with people of different economic levels and living in different environments, with different backgrounds. Their life depends on their parents’ economic status and the kind of people their parents are. Some people are born to enjoy life and some are here to find a way to survive. There’s a balance between the people, maintaining our society. The less fortunate people might say it’s unfair, while the fortunate people will say it’s fair. However, the children can make a difference for themselves, either good or bad when they don’t rely on their parents anymore. I hope that our world can give education to everyone and lessen the range of the economic status for the people in our worlds.
- What is the economic status of most students at ISB? How do ISB students have opportunities to improve the lives of those from a different economic status?
The economic statuses of most ISB students are probably a level three. I like that our school is already helping to improve the lives of those from a different economic status by having Smile Week, Habitats for Humanities, etc. by donating funds. It might be just a small donation, but as more students participate, we can improve other peoples’ lives.
- What experiences do you have to being around children like Song Song in your life?
Like I said in question two, the people I meet everyday are not lower than a level two economic status. The students in the whole school, including my friends are all children like Song Song. Not only they go to such a superior school, they have after school classes and tutors to help them. I wonder the difference of a less fortunate person’s life can be compared to mine.
- What experiences do you have to being around children like Little Cat in your life?
I don’t like the feeling when I see children like Little Cat. I feel terrible and I think that the money doesn’t go to the right place on the invisible side. Once I saw a woman holding a baby in her arms, that I’m not even sure if it is hers, begging for money on the street. The sight is infuriating and sad. I wonder what will happen when the baby grows up. Will he or she continue what his or her parents are doing for a living?
- What role does school play in Song Song and Little Cat’s lives?
I can infer that Song Song goes to a wonderful and expensive school and has piano lessons because she was playing the piano. However, on the other hand, Little Cat’s grandfather is selling recycled bottles to accumulate enough money for her to go to school. The meaning of school and education is very different in their lives. One just has it as a normal routine in life, and to the other girl, go to school and get education is her life goal.