Last week, students from all over the nation debated about The Federal Government shutdown through the KQED Do Now project. They were asked who is to blame for the government shutdown? Amongst young folks, the discussion heavily favored the idea that the government work together, compormise, and get the government back in its normal operating mode. We did see a lot of back and forth debating where students played the blame game.
Last week, students from all over the nation debated about Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) through the KQED Do Now project. They were asked if health care should be a basic human right, and whether all people, regardless of wealth, should have access to quality health care. Amongst young folks, the discussion went back and forth on the issue. We received over 1,500 responses from students. Many chose to articulate their ideas through the representation of an internet meme.
As the immigration reform bill begins to consume lawmakers in Washington in the coming months, students around the country had a head start to debate the issue online. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the lead Democratic negotiator, explains, “The American people have told us to do two things. One, prevent future flows of illegal immigration, and then come up with a common sense solution for legal immigration. And that’s what our bill does.”
Last week’s KQED Do Now investigated North Korea’s threat to attack their neighbors and even the United States. In recent years, North Korea has made several threats to develop and deploy nuclear weapons on countries like South Korea, Japan, and even the United States. These type of threats were never met with major concern as […]
Should there be a minimum wage? was last week’s question in our weekly Do Now. The issue addresses a few points: should there be one at all? Should the Federal Government raise the current minimum wage. Who would be affected by this? Students responded with insightful comments covering the full spectrum of this issue. Most […]
Last week’s Do Now investigated the controversial issue of using drones in the military. According to a recent article in the New York Times, about 2,500 people have been killed in drone strikes by the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. military since President Obama took office. And the program is expanding. 10 years ago, […]
Last week’s Do Now looks that the high school drop out crisis in America. Students from all over the country presents reasons they felt their peers are dropping out. The conversation began with some grim statistics: More than 20 percent of California high school students drop out of school before graduation, according to 2009 state […]
Last week’s Do Now asked students to consider whether knowledge on the Internet should be open to everyone or protected by copyright law? This was based on the work by Aaron Swartz whose Internet activism was all about open and unlimited access to knowledge and the wealth of material available on the Internet. He built […]
The virtual classroom is really catching on in the U.S. with more than two million K-12 students taking classes online as an alternative and flexible way of learning. In California, Governor Jerry Brown strongly supports this move away from the traditional classroom. He sees online college courses as a way to deal with the problem […]