Ideas for Teachers - February 2015

Websites and videos for additional study: 
Should the U.S. normalize relations with Cuba?
Should Congress make vaccinations mandatory?  The links above are to established, peer reviewed journals. Peer reviews are the evaluations of work by professional journalists who hold other journalists to standards of truth-in-reporting. SGAP makes a concerted effort to provide links to reliable sources, and to provide links to a balance of left-leaning and right-leaning publications. The links have been shortened for your convenience. 
Issue # 1 Should the U.S. normalize relations with Cuba? The White House says, "It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba." Do you think American Democracy will be in jeopardy if it reestablishes ties with its Communist neighbor? You may want to define Democracy and Communism before you formulate your answer. Issue # 2 - Should Congress make vaccinations mandatory? While some say vaccinations are personal and each individual family should have the legal right to decide what is best based on their doctor's recommendation, others say vaccinations are also meant to protect the lives of others, and no one has a right to put public health in jeopardy.