Physical barriers, and invisible barriers...

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We all know what it's like to be seperated from something. Whether it's our teddy bear at home when we're out the front door, family living in a country with a barrier seperating it and the world, the car behind the school gate or a tall fence divinding you and your neighbours' houses. But what would happen if we had barriers everywhere, what would happen if we had no barriers at all, are there limits to the barriers we build and... can just anyone build a barrier?

Well, having barriers everywhere would be like a prison. The world would be seperated into what my seem a kingdom a person. Bedrooms, gardens, private proppery and alotments are all places that are OURS and have a right to be seperated. But no country 100% belongs to one person. It's not all my country, is it? You may live there, but you don't own it, you may govern it, but you don't own it. With a barrier between every county, it would be a group of people's country, like it's your family's house, your family's garden and your family's alotment.

We have discussed in BNC sessions what it would be like to have no walls or fences. We would have no privacy, what would keep us warm, what would keep us safe, what would keep us dry? Not all seperations are bad, some for saftey and some for privacy. Some for warmth and some for comfort. Either way, taking away all walls wouldn't be practical!

Humans, often have a clear picture of what's yours and mine. However, if everything was sorted into these caregories, mine, and yours, then what would there be for "ours"? If everything belonged to me and him, what would we share? We could live our lives without stepping even meeting each other, as their would only be MY football team, MY netball club!!!

People in power might often think they have th right to seperate people. The thought that because they are important enough to own everything in that country, county, or city. That it all belongs to them. Others may find it harder to put up a wall between them and their neighbough then a political leader will to seperate them an their neighbouring country!

Donald Trump's plan to build a wall isn't obviously, going as well as he'd planned. Does he have the right to put up a wall? Does he have the right to call the situation an emergancy. And will his plan really go on?

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  • IIS.PNG understanding_power | Napoleone Colajanni
    02 May 2019

    I totally agree with you but I think that, since Donald trump promised to build a wall during the elections campaign and since a lot of people voted him, it means that a great part of the USA population really wants the construction of the wall so I think he has got the right to build it because the American people have given it to him.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      understanding_power's comment 03 May 2019

      Well done for being sceptical and considering the viewpoint of Trump supporters.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg dependable_duck | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    03 May 2019

    I strongly believe that Donald Trumps wall will not do as much good as he thinks it will. He is right, it does keep people out, however, it could keep out the wrong people. Also, he could keep in the other people who want or need to get out, but the barrier is stopping them, and preventing them from seeing their family and friends. We do sometimes need walls, but in this case, I think it will do more bad than good.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg benevolent_planet | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    03 May 2019

    Visible and invisible barriers are different things. I understand Donald Trumps point of view, that he doesn't want bad people in his country but that doesn't mean he had to build a barrier! By building a barrier not only he is stopping the bad, but straight away he is also stopping the good! America can't be just for american's, that way they are just being selfish!😠

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg strong_apple | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    03 May 2019

    i think that we should not have walls to separate people in a different country's and some walls are OK like in your house and in a building if walls were in the middle of nowhere ,they are a wast of money.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg courageous_crab | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    03 May 2019

    It is not a good idea because the wall is splitting family members away from there other side of there family.It is also splitting them away from there homes.Mr trump would have just been wasting his time and his money for the wall. For example some people need to go to work so they could be driving to work in the morning and see Mr Trumps wall and there job could be on the other side.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      courageous_crab's comment 03 May 2019

      Would a wall or border stop people seeing each other? Lots of people have family in a different country and they need to go through official borders to speak to them.

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      1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg impartial_panda_bear | Boutcher C of E Primary School
        Tiff @ the BNC's comment 03 May 2019

        I think that a wall would stop people seeing each other as people that don't have enough money, aren't well enough or physically can't get to the official border and cross, it will struggle to manage to see their family. If refugees have managed to get across before the wall and family back in that country are now kept in, then borders are separating families.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg lively_reindeer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    03 May 2019

    I think that we should't have walls to separate two country's because if one families are on the other side of the wall and the other family on the other side of the wall or there work is on the other side so they would be worried about there children and there living. We watched the video of the Berlin wall.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_context | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    03 May 2019

    The Barriers You Can`t See

    We have been talking about barriers and the fact that they are not always physical barriers, but could be emotional barriers.
    For example, when we were doing the topic of "Year Of The Women" we learnt that because people thought that men were more hard working than women they would get a better salary and men would get a raise and better job opportunities.
    Another example, is when racism and/or racist comments can put an emotional barrier between two people or groups of people. This prevents them from developing relationships and becoming friends and could be seen as a barrier to equality.
    In the last BNC issue we were thinking about democracy and how decisions were made. We thought about the times when we didn't like a decision, but accepted it because it had either been voted for or our parents had made it to keep us safe. Sometimes though, bad decisions can create an emotional barrier between people.
    We have agreed that physical barriers, like Trump's proposed wall may not always be a good thing, but emotional barriers can also be upsetting. The difference is you cannot see these ones!
    By crafty_context & coherent_plum
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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      crafty_context's comment 03 May 2019

      Well done for digging into the idea of barriers and linking to past issues.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg receptive_computer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    03 May 2019

    i definitely agree with the second picture because it just blocks everyone's friendship even leading to blocking your loved ones😍 Also, understanding_power i like how you are with Donald trumps supporters but i am with the people who disagree with Donald Trump and i think its a waste of money and all the Hispanic people who have been living in US for a long time and one day they want to return to mexico and see there family but they cant because of the wall

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
    03 May 2019

    I am going to answer the questions of which you asked at the end of your post. I believe that the question does he have the right to put up the wall really depends where you look at the situation from. If you look at the fact that Donald Trump is the president of America, well then yes he does have full right to build a wall. Donald Trump has gained superiority since he became president which means he has gained power and strength to do as he wants. However, if you bear in the mind the moral of this situation it could the sensed as entirely wrong for Trump to not let any Mexicans pass into America. Reasons could be that someone that lives in Mexico has a family member that lives in America and they just want to simply meet their family member, I have some family members that live abroad and I simply could not imagine not visiting them or them not visiting me. That whole idea to me seems simply absurd. However, you can look at things from the other view many people that come from Mexico bring drugs along with them and even commit crime in America. This is a reasonable point. Although, is it really right to stop all entry due to behaviour of unreliable others? This though is really where the situation does get complicated, how is there a way to let some Mexicans in and not others, how do you figure who will commit crim and who won't? I personally, don't believe that Tump will perhaps not even build the wall and this is one key reason as to why he was elected for president and if he doesn't build the wall it would be a rather big let down to others. One reason I am not so sure and trustworthy that Trump will build the wall is because it was mentioned that the cost of the whole boarder is still unknown and surely the finance of the situation would come first to Donald Trumps's worries. Perhaps that is why the boarder seems to be delayed. There clearly is a slight issue though in the cost of Trump's plan because he first decieded to make the wall out of brick and now he wants to build it out of steel which is said to be cheaper. He also has been president for a bit over two years and hasn't built the wall.

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  • swedish school.JPG coherent_fruit | Skellefteå
    05 May 2019

    I think he gas the rights bit i think many don't want the Wall anymore but i wouldn't know

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg eager_photograph | Morley Newlands Academy
    10 May 2019

    I wouldn't like his wall but it's not my country

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      eager_photograph's comment 10 May 2019

      Do you think we shouldn't be able to comment on another county's choices?

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg fierce_memory | Morley Newlands Academy
    10 May 2019

    I agree, world leaders take it too far

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg respectful_grape | Morley Newlands Academy
    10 May 2019

    building a invisabel wall isn't good for children to get school for edgercation.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg introspective_bird | Morley Newlands Academy
    10 May 2019

    its bad not to have barriers because if there is some thing dangerous on the other side there will be nothing there to keep it safe and not hurting anyone or baby.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg terrific_lobster | Morley Newlands Academy
    10 May 2019

    the difference between a physical and invisible barrier is immense.A physical barrier (aka a hard border) can change the way people think and behave.An invisible border (aka a soft border) allows people to communicate easily face to face .Some people have to communicate through eletric fences.Hard borders are extremely harsh.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_bell | Morley Newlands Academy
    13 May 2019

    No one has the right to separate people from others. Although people might be in charge, it doesn't mean that they rule everyone's lives. It also doesn't mean that the land belongs to them. The world shouldn't belong to any one person in particular. We should all look after the world together and share its land. Everything should be 'ours'.

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