Ideas for Teachers/Critical Questions - Nov./Dec. 2015

Links: Student Loan Debt Reform White House                                                                      goo.gl/mGn0Za Student Loan Bill Tracker                                               goo.gl/1pTD05 Congressional Budget Office Report                             goo.gl/4ycDYM Moveon.org Petition                                                         goo.gl/ULnS4m Forbes Where 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand   goo.gl/EpzyB6 Boots on Ground in Syria USA Today Article                                                            goo.gl/Vz1G5J Vice News Article                                                             goo.gl/1tBPlm ForeignPolicy.com                                                           goo.gl/PkTuzN CNN Article                                                                       goo.gl/5ZeW3Y Brookings Institution Article                                         goo.gl/PT7ZhR Critical Thinking Questions: Student Loan Debt Reform
  1. Why is student loan debt such a major problem now when it didn’t used to be decades ago?
  2. What factors led to this crisis?
  3. Is a college degree worth the money today?
  4. Why are college tuition amounts increasing so quickly?
  5. Is legislation like the Student Loan Borrowers’ Bill of Rights Act, introduced by Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL), a good idea?
Boots on the Ground in Syria
  1. What is a “proxy war” and how does the term apply to the Syria situation?
  2. How do the recent bombings in Paris, France, change the stakes in the ISIS situation?
  3. What factors make putting boots on the ground in Syria a complex decision?
  4. Did President Obama make the right decision to send troops to Syria?
  5. What else could he have done?