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Matthew Green

Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, a new online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at kqed.org/lowdown.

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Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Do Now: Government and Civics | June 27, 2014 | 362 Comments

Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Several years have passed since Occupy Wall Street protests flared up throughout the country, and although the issue has largely faded from national debate, the degree of income inequality that sparked the movement remains rampant. Do you think income inequality is a problem in our society?

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Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

Do Now | May 23, 2014 | 17 Comments

Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

In April, a convicted murderer on Oklahoma’s death row was given a lethal injection. But the procedure — intended to be swift and painless — got screwed up, causing the inmate to writhe in intense pain and eventual die of a heart attack. Should prisoners convicted of the worst crimes receive the death penalty?

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How Can We Address The High Cost of Fast Fashion?

Do Now | April 11, 2014 | 328 Comments

How Can We Address The High Cost of Fast Fashion?

In the year since a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers, small steps have been taken to improve safety conditions. Who should be responsible for the manufacturing of clothing in unregulated and unsafe factories?

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Should the Government Be Able to Stop a Woman from Getting an Abortion?

Do Now | March 28, 2014 | 431 Comments

Should the Government Be Able to Stop a Woman from Getting an Abortion?

There are fewer topics in American politics more controversial and polarizing than abortion. Should the government (federal or state) be able to stop a woman from getting an abortion? If so, why? If not, should there be at least some restrictions on abortion procedures? Why or why not?

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How Much Should Minimum Wage Be in Your Area?

Do Now | March 22, 2014 | 450 Comments

How Much Should Minimum Wage Be in Your Area?

What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet.

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Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?

Do Now | February 28, 2014 | 459 Comments

Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?

Most states don’t allow prisoners to vote, and some even permanently disenfranchise felons after their release. Should felons have the right to vote, and at what point?

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Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

Do Now: Government and Civics | February 14, 2014 | 475 Comments

Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

At an International Olympic Committee ceremony held in early February before the start of the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed to nations to leave their political differences at the door. Is it cool to bring political issues to the Olympics? When there are strong tensions between nations or concerns over human rights violations, should those issues be left at the door in the spirit of international unity and competition, or should the Olympics be used as a worldwide stage to express political dissent and call attention to perceived injustices?

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Is Violent Crime Decreasing in Your Community?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 31, 2014 | 502 Comments

Is Violent Crime Decreasing in Your Community?

Crime rates in the United States have dropped significantly in the last two decades, especially in many urban areas where they are often the highest. Violent crime rates, in particular, have gone way down in many large cities around the country. Is it a result of certain policing strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and social services, or other less obvious factors?

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What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 17, 2014 | 407 Comments

What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

The comedian Chris Rock once famously advised, ‘If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they’re lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’” He added: “You know what’s so sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don’t care where you are in America, if you’re on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there’s some violence going down.” If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are?

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Is College Worth the Cost?

Do Now | November 30, 2013 | 77 Comments

Is College Worth the Cost?

In 2013, nearly 20 million students in the United States were enrolled in colleges and universities, more than any other time in the country’s history. Compare that to sixty years ago, when higher education enrollment rates were still under 3 million.

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