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Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Community Voices | May 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Chances are you’ve spotted the bright, vibrant colors out of the corner of your eye, splashed across the wall by graffiti artists for everyone to see, but are these pieces a form of art or an act of vandalism? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the value of graffiti in our #DoNowGraffiti post. We asked students, Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts. Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?

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Improving Factory Conditions Is Worth the Price

Community Voices | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Improving Factory Conditions Is Worth the Price

Students around the country last week discussed about what needs to be done to improve working conditions in our #DoNowFashion post. We asked students Who should be responsible for the manufacturing of clothing in unregulated and unsafe factories? Would you pay more for clothes if they were manufactured in better conditions? Look at the label of a garment that you recently purchased and find out the brand and where it was made. Take a picture and tweet it with the info.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars are too Expensive

Community Voices | April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars are too Expensive

Is the hydrogen fuel celled car the car of the future? In the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the value of investing money into these new environmentally friendly cars in our #DoNowFuel post. We asked students, Should government funds support the development of hydrogen fuel stations over other green transportation initiatives? Why or why not?

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The Art School Contest Winner, KC Pamintuan!

Community Voices | April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Art School Contest Winner, KC Pamintuan!

KQED Art School is thrilled to announce the winner of our cartoon drawing contest, Ms. KC Pamintuan, a 13-year-old student from Glendale, CA. Our esteemed contest judge, artist Sirron Norris, and all of us at KQED were impressed by KC’s excellent rendering of her favorite historical figure, Johannes Gutenberg.

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We Need to Find Flight 370 To Give Families Closure

Community Voices | April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need to Find Flight 370 To Give Families Closure

Last week, students across the nation discussed the mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in our #DoNow370 post. We asked students, Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?

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A Venn Diagram Can Be Art Depending On How You See It

Community Voices | April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Venn Diagram Can Be Art Depending On How You See It

Can a Venn Diagram be classified as art? The past couple of weeks, students discussed this question in our #DoNowVenn post. We asked students, Can a Venn diagram become art? What transforms a data collection tool into fine art? What are the elements needed to allow for this transformation?

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Women Have the Right to Choose

Community Voices | April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Women Have the Right to Choose

Last week, students across the nation tackled one of the most controversial topics in America: abortion. In our #DoNowAbortion post, we asked students 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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Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cause More Harm Than Good

Community Voices | April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Keystone XL Pipeline Will Cause More Harm Than Good

During the past two weeks, students across the nation discussed whether or not the government should invest their time and money into creating the Keystone XL pipeline in our #DoNowKeystone post. We asked students, Do you think the Obama administration should approve the Keystone XL pipeline? Why or Why not? What information should be considered in making this decision?

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We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Community Voices | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Are American workers in need of a raise? Last week, students across the country debated about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased in our #DoNowWages post. We asked students 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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Selfies Are Okay, But Don’t Take Too Many

Community Voices | April 3, 2014 | 4 Comments

Selfies Are Okay, But Don’t Take Too Many

Love them or hate them, selfies have become one of the most common ways people express themselves on social media. But can there be a deeper significance behind selfies? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed whether or not a selfie is a form of creative expression or narcissism in our #DoNowSelfies post. We asked students Do you think selfies are a form of creative expression that communicate a message? Or do you see them as bad-quality photos posted online by narcissists? Or somewhere in between? Would you consider them an updated version of the artistic self portrait, visual communication, or something else?

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