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What Happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

Do Now | April 4, 2014 | 353 Comments

What Happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

About a month ago a Malaysian Airplane mysteriously disappeared. Flight 370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew vanished when passing from one radar handoff to another. Why is it important to find answers to what happened to the plane? Do you think the media’s coverage helps the search? What questions does this mystery raise?

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Should Hydrogen Fuel Be the Future Energy Source for Transportation?

Do Now | April 1, 2014 | 25 Comments

Should Hydrogen Fuel Be the Future Energy Source for Transportation?

Since the first Earth Day event in 1970, there’s been major progress in environmental stewardship–the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Water Act, an increased number of recycling programs, and even curbside composting in some places, like San Francisco. Should government funds support the development of hydrogen fuel stations over other green transportation initiatives?

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

Do Now | March 28, 2014 | 426 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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Can a Venn Diagram Become Art?

Do Now | March 25, 2014 | 38 Comments

Can a Venn Diagram Become Art?

Can a Venn diagram become art? On KQED Art School, world renowned artist Chris Johanson demonstrated “how to create conceptual art” and made a painting using his personal thoughts combined with a Venn diagram style.

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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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Would You Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Do Now | March 18, 2014 | 8 Comments

Would You Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

With increasing concern about carbon dioxide emissions, climate change and American energy independence, environmentalists, politicians and the oil industry have been butting heads over the development of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which requires the Obama administration’s approval before construction can begin. Do you think the Obama administration should approve this effort?

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Is Prescription Drug Abuse a Big Concern?

Do Now | March 14, 2014 | 76 Comments

Is Prescription Drug Abuse a Big Concern?

Why do you think prescription painkiller abuse is more of a problem in certain areas? What does prescription drug abuse look like where you live? What do you think could be done to address the problem?

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Selfies: Love Them or Hate Them?

Do Now | March 11, 2014 | 185 Comments

Selfies: Love Them or Hate Them?

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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Should Ukrainians Have Ousted Their Democratically Elected Leader?

Do Now | March 8, 2014 | 414 Comments

Should Ukrainians Have Ousted Their Democratically Elected Leader?

When do people have the right to overthrow their democratically elected government? What risks does Ukraine face by overthrowing its democratically elected leader? When does a foreign country receive the right to interfere in another country’s internal affairs?

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How Much is Behavior Based on Nature Versus Nurture?

Do Now | March 5, 2014 | 155 Comments

How Much is Behavior Based on Nature Versus Nurture?

Science has identified two major influences which affect the person you grow to be: nature (your innate qualities and genetics) and nurture (your personal experiences and environment). These two factors play a major role in the upbringing of a human, but to what extent does each contribute to how a person behaves?

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