Each year, thanks to the generosity of artist Marion Cilker, San Jose State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education host two days of inspiration for both pre-service and in-service arts educators. KQED will be there to present a workshop about KQED Art School, and other presenters include SFMOMA, AXIS Dance, and TheaterWorks of Silicon Valley.
Space has sparked our curiosity, inspiring us to create new technologies to explore and help us understand a world beyond Earth. Could mining the moon be the next adventure? In our #DoNowMoon post, we asked students What do you think is the most important scientific or ethical concern to consider about mining the moon? Why? How should private companies that venture into space exploration be regulated?
Women have made great strides in fighting for gender equality, but what are the next steps women can take to continue the fight today? In honor of Woman’s History Month, last week we asked students in our #DoNowWomen post, How can women continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality? What issues do you see as obstacles to gender equality? What woman in history do you admire the most? Why? Tweet an image of woman you most admire.
In the past two weeks, students across the nation discussed whether they can enjoy a piece of artwork, from music to paintings, produced by an artist who leads a controversial life in our #DoNowArtist post. We asked students Can you still appreciate a work of art even if you don’t like the artist as a person? Should we continue to celebrate art by people who do bad things? Can you separate the art from the artist? Should you?
First held in 1896 in Athens, Greece to promote peace, The Olympics has served as a stage for politics in several instances. This past week, students discussed whether or not political issues should be raised at The Olympics in our #DoNowOlympics post. We asked students 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?
In the past two weeks, students across the nation explored whether or not it is it ethical to kill the more aggressive barred owl to save the spotted owl in our #DoNowPredator post. We asked students Should we kill one species to save another? Why or why not?
Last week, students across the nation discussed when and by whom sexual education should be taught to kids in our #DoNowSexEd post. We asked students Given evidence that many girls and boys are physically maturing faster than previous decades, do you think schools should start sex-ed at a younger age?
In our modern culture, the chances of the person sitting next to you having fifteen minutes of fame at some point in life has increased. In our #DoNowRealityTV post, we asked students Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?
Last week, students across the nation debated on what they believed causes crime, and how some cities manage it better than others in our #DoNowCrime post. We asked students Why have some American cities been so much more successful than others in reducing violent crime?
There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a juicy orange straight from the grove. What happens, however, when the supply of oranges starts to disappear? For the past couple of weeks, students debated about possible solutions to saving the fruit in our #DoNowOranges post. We asked students, As Florida’s orange production diminishes due to citrus greening disease, do you think genetic modification of citrus trees is a good step towards a solution? Why or why not?
Last week, students debated whether or not playing high impact sports is worth the risk, particularly for younger athletes in our #DoNowConcussion post. We asked students, Should young people be allowed to play heavy contact sports now that we know they can cause permanent brain damage? In recent years, more than 4,500 former professional football players filed suit against the NFL based on allegations of fraud over how the league dealt with concussions.