Barack Obama Essay

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Barack Obama

Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was born to a bi-racial couple. His father was an immigrant from Kenya. His mother was from Kansas. When he was two years old, his parents separated later divorcing. His father remarried and relocated the family to Jakarta, Indonesia. His mother had some concerns for his safety and education, so at the age of 10, Barak was sent to live with grandparents in Hawaii. Barack Obama grew up in a middle-class upbringing with a strong sense of family and the value of education.

Through his adolescence, he struggled with the absence of his father. He was uncertain personal and racial identity. His father’s failed ...view middle of the document...

Barack and Michelle have a strong sense of family. Barack and Michelle understand the importance of putting a priority on their time together. Even with both of their busy schedules, Barack and Michelle make time for one another. The Obama’s believe a key to raising kids is consistent discipline. Children learn in many different ways. A time out or losing privileges may work just fine. If a parent is consistent a child will learn what is expected from him or her. Raising a self-reliant kid is to let them do things all by themselves. Even if it takes 10 times as long and doesn’t turn out perfect. They will be happy to know they can do it all on their own without asking for help. Parents must stand their ground and place rules, becoming strict yet fair when need to be. A child needs to have good manners. Teaching children to say please and thank you, by teaching your child to say these little words no matter how small the gesture, they will learn a small little lesson that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.

Some fun facts about Barack Obama are his nickname is Barry. His favorite sport is basketball. He is left handed. He can speak Spanish. He is known for while making informal public visits, often rolls up shirt sleeves and "joins in" on a job site. He has been known for his passionate, fiercely idealistic speeches and his distinctive, clipped manner of speaking. Obama has been described as person that presents himself well as a person who cared about others, particularly those in need. He remained loyal to his friends even through negative attention has been brought on the friendships.

By using Paiget’s four stages of cognitive development we can only assume how Obama would have grown up as a child. The stages are four stages are:

* Sensorimotor stage (Birth to 2 years old). The infant builds an understanding of himself or herself and reality through interactions with the environment. The child is able to differentiate between it and other objects. Learning takes place via assimilation, the organization of information and absorbing it into existing schema and cognitively.

* Preoperational stage (ages 2 to 4). The child is not yet able to conceptualize abstractly and needs concrete physical situations. Objects are classified in simple ways, especially by important features.

* Concrete operations (ages 7 to 11). As physical experience accumulates, understands conservation. The child begins to think abstractly and conceptualize, creating logical structures that explain his or her physical experiences.

* Formal operations (beginning at ages 11 to 15). Cognition reaches its final form. By this stage, the person no longer requires concrete objects to make rational judgments. He or she is capable of deductive and hypothetical reasoning. His or her ability for abstract thinking is very similar to an adult.

According to Erikson’s eight stage of psychosocial development, we can an apply these theories as...

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