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College Needs to be More Affordable

Community Voices | December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

College Needs to be More Affordable

Is college still worth the cost? Last week, students across the nation debated the benefits of going to college, particularly based on the current economy in our #DoNowCollege post. We asked students Given how much college costs, how much debt most students have after graduation, and how hard it is to get a good job in this economy, is college really worth it?

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The Three Strikes Law is Unfair

Community Voices | December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Three Strikes Law is Unfair

Last week, students across the country discussed the effectiveness of longer prison sentences in our #DoNow3Strikes post. We asked students Do lengthy prison sentences help deter crime? Should voters or legislators be part of determining prison sentences?

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We Need to Do More to Help Veterans

Community Voices | November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

We Need to Do More to Help Veterans

Last week, students across the nation discussed ways America should help veterans escape homelessness in our #DoNowVets post. We asked students How can we prevent veterans from being homeless? Whose responsibility is it to help them? Homelessness has become a growing issue in America since the mid-eighties. However, many Americans may be shocked to find that veterans are a part of the growing number of homeless people.

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There are Many Ways to End Poverty

Community Voices | November 22, 2013 | 1 Comment

There are Many Ways to End Poverty

Last week, students across the nation debated about the issue of poverty and ways to help prevent it in America in our #DoNowPoverty. We asked How should the U.S. treat people who are living in poverty? What would an anti-poverty agenda look like? Devise one piece of legislation that could make a difference.

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We Should Not Help Egypt, We Have Our Own Problems

Community Voices | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

We Should Not Help Egypt, We Have Our Own Problems

Last week, students across the nation discussed whether or not America should intervene in Egypt in our #DoNowEgypt post. We asked: Given Egypt’s continued turmoil and bloodshed, is it the United States’ role to intervene in the crisis?

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“Painting SF,” a Film by BayCat Youth Producers

Community Voices | November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Painting SF,” a Film by BayCat Youth Producers

We are big fans of San Francisco artist Sirron Norris featured him in an Art School episode about his work as a painter and animator. Youth media producers at BayCat are also admirers of Sirron’s work, and we recently discovered this terrific video interview with the artist where he discusses the details in his murals, his dog Rosie, the difference between street art and graffiti, and his personal history.

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The Achievement Gap Extends Beyond Gender in the U.S.

Community Voices | October 31, 2013 | 11 Comments

The Achievement Gap Extends Beyond Gender in the U.S.

Last week, students from all around the nation debated on the issue of gender equality in education in our #DoNowMalala post. We asked young folks why is it important for boys and girls to receive equal opportunities in education? What societal problems can be caused by an inequality in educational opportunities? Do you think there is inequality in educational opportunities in America? If so, what do they look like?

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School Is Not To Blame for Obesity, Our Culture Embraces Unhealthy Eating

Community Voices | October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

School Is Not To Blame for Obesity, Our Culture Embraces Unhealthy Eating

Last week, students from all over the nation debated about the nutritional value of school lunch and whether it is a contributing factor to obesity. On KQED Do Now, they were asked, does the school cafeteria provide students with a healthy lunch?

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Why Can’t the Government Work Together?

Community Voices | October 16, 2013 | 2 Comments

Why Can’t the Government Work Together?

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.

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We Have a Right to Health Care…But Who Will Foot the Bill?

Community Voices | September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

We Have a Right to Health Care…But Who Will Foot the Bill?

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.

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