Ideas for Teachers

Oct 16, 2018

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for November 2018 Topics

RESEARCH LINKS

Issue 1: Smoking Age

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids: States & Localities That Have Raised the MLSA to 21    
National Academy of Sciences: “Raising the Minimum Age of Legal Access to Tobacco”   
American Heart Association: “Tobacco, No Minor Issue” Fact Sheet           
American Lung Association: “Tracking Progress Toward Raising Minimum Sale Age”   
Study: “Raising the Tobacco Sales Age to 21: Surveying the Legal Landscape” (2016)   
Worth It: Tobacco Facts                                  
Tobacco 21: Tobacco 21 Fact Sheet                               

Issue 2: Tech Regulations

The Hill OpEd: “Regulate Social Media Just Like Other Media”               
Washington Post OpEd: “Don’t Regulate Facebook”                      
PBS: “Stopping Foreign Meddling in U.S. Elections Via Social Media Is Enormous Task”   
Senate.gov: Honest Ads Act (S. 1989) Section by Section                   
Debate.org: Should the Internet Be Regulated by the Government?           
The Conversation: “Government Regulation of Social Media Would Be Worse”       

 

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS

Issue 1:  Smoking Age

  1. Should the U.S. make it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy tobacco products in all states? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think increasing the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products infringes on young people’s rights? Why or why not?
  3. If cigarettes and other tobacco products were more difficult to obtain in stores, do you think teenagers would be less inclined to want them? Why or why not?
  4. What do you think is the appropriate minimum age for purchasing tobacco products? Why?
  5. What are the arguments for and against raising the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products? Which position do you agree with and why?

Issue 2: Tech Regulations

  1. Do you think the government should regulate tech companies like Facebook and Google? Why or why not?
  2. Read for pro and con congressional quotes on raising the smoking age on p. 3. Whose opinion do you agree most with, and why?
  3. Are social media platforms like Twitter subject to the First Amendment?
  4. Is there a right to free speech on social media owned by private tech companies?
  5. Do you trust social and search companies like Facebook and Google to regulate themselves? Why or why not?

 

Sep 18, 2018

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for October 2018 Topics

RESEARCH LINKS

Issue 1: Minimum Wage

U.S. Department of Labor: State Minimum Wage Laws               
National Conference of State Legislatures: State Minimum Wage Laws       
Economic Policy Institute: Minimum Wage Tracker                   
The Guardian: “How Much Is an Hour Worth? The War Over Minimum Wage”   
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Living Wage Calculator           
Forbes: “McDonald’s Says Goodbye Cashiers, Hello Kiosks”               
 

Issue 2: Fuel Efficiency Standards

Federal Register: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from EPA and NHTSA       
EPA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle           
InsideClimateNews: “How Pruitt's EPA Is Weakening Clean Air Rules”        
Reuters: “U.S. States Vow to Fight Trump Rollback on Auto Emissions”       
Washington Post: “Trump Administration Says Weaker Fuel Standards Saves ..."   
EPA: Estimate Your Carbon Footprint Calculator                   

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS

Issue 1:  Minimum Wage

  1. Visit the U.S. Department of Labor link above to see if your state has a minimum wage law. How does your state compare to other states? Do you think it should be higher or lower than it is?

  2. How does the minimum wage issue relate to gender and race?

  3. Use the Living Wage Calculator (link above) to calculate your living wage. Should the U.S. should establish a “living wage” standard? Why or why not?

  4. Do you support or oppose raising the minimum wage? If you were speaking to a person who disagreed, what is the strongest argument in support of your position?

  5. Do you think that if the minimum wage was raised, it would ultimately help or hurt workers?

     

Issue 2: Fuel Efficiency Standards

  1. Does the responsibility to slow down or stop climate change belong to humans? Why or why not?

  2. Using the EPA’s Carbon Footprint Calculator (link above), calculate your carbon footprint. What does the term “carbon footprint” mean? Why do people care about their carbon footprint?

  3. On an individual level, what can you do to limit your “carbon contribution” to the environment?

  4. Are greenhouse gases a natural part of the earth’s climate system? Why or why not?

  5. Do you think the U.S. should weaken their fuel-efficiency standards? Why or why not?

     

 

Aug 17, 2018

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for September 2018 Topics

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Issue 1: Supreme Court
supremecourt.gov: About the U.S. Supreme Court                   
Georgetown University: Supreme Court Nomination and Confirmation Process   
Supreme Court Historical Society: How the Court Works               
landmarkcases.org: Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court           
NYT: “10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know”               
CNN: “Where Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stands on the Issues”                                              

Issue 2: Bullying Laws
stopbullying.gov: List of State Laws on Bullying                   
Text of Pennsylvania State Rep. Frank Burns’ House Bill 2217           
Bully Police USA: Watchdog Reporting on State Anti-Bullying Laws       
Huffington Post OpEd: “Why Criminalizing Bullying Is the Wrong Approach”   
Crisis Prevention Institute: 5 School Bullying Misperceptions           
Psychology Today OpEd: "Anti-Bullying Laws Punish the Tax Payer"           
cyberbullying.org: Cyberbullying Statistics                       

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS

Issue 1:  Supreme Court

  1. Do you think Supreme Court justices should take an active role in politics? Why or why not?
  2. What defines a “conservative” or “liberal” Supreme Court justice?
  3. What is a justice’s responsibility when their personal opinions are in conflict with the rule of law in a case?
  4. Should the people be allowed to approve Supreme Court appointments instead of, or in addition to, the U.S. Senate? Why or why not?
  5. Read the “10 Supreme Court Cases Every Teen Should Know” article (link above) and explain how the Supreme Court affects your life personally?

Issue 2: Bullying Laws

  1. Do you think parents should be fined if their child bullies? Why or why not?
  2. What kind of interventions can young people use to prevent or stop bullying? List three things you could do to defuse a bullying situation.
  3. Do you think you’ve ever bullied someone? If so, why? What made you stop or continue to bully?
  4. Do you think bullying is a serious problem in your school? Why or why not?
  5. What can be done to make schools safer and more inclusive?

 

Apr 19, 2018

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for May 2018 Topics

RESEARCH LINKS

Issue 1: Digital Privacy
The Guardian: 50 Million Facebook Profiles Harvested for Cambridge Analytica"           
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT): Original Text of the Senate CLOUD Act Bill           
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA): Press Release on CLOUD Act Passage           
Electronic Frontier Foundation: “Responsibility Deflected, the CLOUD Act Passes”   
European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Key Changes       
Phys.org Fact Check: Facebook Makes Shaky Privacy Claims               
            
Issue 2: Trade War
Roll Call: “China Trade Tariffs Stir Support, Fears and Retaliation Threat”           
White House: “President's Actions Responding to China’s Unfair Trade Practices”   
Statement from Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) on President Trump’s Tariffs           
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s Statement on President Trump’s Tariffs       
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report on “Made in China 2025” Plan               
New York Times: “If There’s a U.S.-China Trade War, China May Have Weapons”        

 

CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS

Issue 1:  Digital Privacy

  1. In your opinion, does Facebook respect the privacy rights of its users? What, if anything, should be done to protect FB users’ personal data in the future?
  2. Some states have laws that provide privacy protections for citizens who live there. Do you support the inclusion of privacy protections in your state’s laws? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think Congress should strengthen privacy protections for U.S. citizens? Why or why not?
  4. If a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution was added to specifically protect Americans’ right to privacy, how would you word it?
  5. Do you think that the right to privacy is a fundamental freedom, like freedom of religion? Why or why not?

Issue 2: Trade War

  1. Do you feel President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on China will ultimately help or hurt the U.S.? Justify your position.
  2. Will China surpass the United States as the world’s superpower? Why or why not?
  3. Should the U.S. view China as a threat or an opportunity?
  4. What role should Congress play in easing tensions between the U.S. and China and facilitating greater cooperation?
  5. What is the difference between “absolute advantage” and “comparative advantage?” What “absolute advantage” does China have over the United States and what “comparative ad-vantage” does the U.S. have over China?

 

Mar 21, 2018

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for April 2018

Ideas for Teachers for April 2018 SGAP Program

Feb 16, 2018

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – March 2018

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: Offshore Drilling Heritage Foundation: How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the Economy  Oceana Report: Safety Measures Will Not Make Offshore Drilling Safe  Press Release from Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke Announcement  National Ocean Industries Association Offshore Energy Industry Publications  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Statistics and Facts  U.S. Department of Energy Report “Today in Energy” 

Jan 17, 2018

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – February 2018

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: Net Neutrality H.R.4682 “Open Internet Preservation Act” (Text) FCC: “Restoring Internet Freedom” “In Protests of Net Neutrality Repeal, Teenage Voices Stood Out” NYT Article “The Case for Net Neutrality Repeal” Article “What the End of Net Neutrality Means for You” Time Article Fox Video: “FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality”

Nov 08, 2017

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – December 2017

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: Charter Schools

Oct 18, 2017

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – November 2017

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: North Korea

Sep 20, 2017

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions – October 2017

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: War in Afghanistan

Aug 09, 2017

Research Links & Critical-Thinking Questions - September 2017

RESEARCH LINKS Issue 1: Dreamer Immigrants

Apr 20, 2017

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for May 2017 Issues

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Mar 20, 2017

Research Links & Critical Thinking Questions for April 2017 Issues

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Feb 20, 2017

Links & Critical Thinking Questions – March 2017

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Jan 19, 2017

Ideas for Teachers (Links & Critical-Thinking Questions) – February 2017

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Nov 22, 2016

Ideas for Teachers (Links & Critical-Thinking Questions) – December 2016

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Oct 20, 2016

Ideas for Teachers (Links & Critical-Thinking Questions) – November 2016

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Sep 21, 2016

Ideas for Teachers/Critical-Thinking Questions – October 2016

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Aug 18, 2016

Ideas for Teachers/Critical-Thinking Questions – September 2016

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Apr 13, 2016

Ideas for Teachers/Critical-Thinking Questions – May/June 2016

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Mar 22, 2016

Ideas for Teachers/Critical-Thinking Questions – April 2016

LINKS Apple vs. FBI Los Angeles Times Washington Post USA Today Washington Post (hearing recap) CNN NPR

Feb 26, 2016

Ideas for Teachers/Critical-Thinking Questions – March 2016

LINKS Presidential Authority Brookings Institution Constitution Daily Cornell University Law School Smithsonian Magazine New York Times HowStuffWorks Washington Examiner

Jan 22, 2016

Ideas for Teachers/Critical Questions – Feb. 2016

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Nov 19, 2015

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

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Nov 09, 2015

Ideas for Teachers - October 2015

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Oct 06, 2015

Ideas For Teachers - September 2015

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Sep 15, 2015

Ideas for Teachers - August 2015

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May 06, 2015

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Apr 02, 2015

Ideas for Teachers - March 2015

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Mar 04, 2015

Ideas for Teachers - February 2015

Feb 02, 2015

Ideas For Teachers - January 2015

Websites and videos for additional study: The Constitution and President Obama's Executive Orders

Oct 09, 2014

Ideas for Teachers - October 2014

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Sep 11, 2014

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Jun 03, 2014

Ideas for Teachers - May 2014

Websites and videos for additional study:   Gun-Free School Zones