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How Can We Help Fight the Ebola Outbreak?

Do Now | September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

How Can We Help Fight the Ebola Outbreak?

The recent spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa has left the international community scrambling to handle what has become its largest outbreak ever. What are the challenges of fighting Ebola, and how can the international community overcome them?

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How can we change things so that there is no “next Michael Brown?”

Do Now | September 5, 2014 | 376 Comments

How can we change things so that there is no “next Michael Brown?”

On August 9, 2014, black teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was unarmed at the time of his death. How can we, as students and young people, change things so that there is no “next Michael Brown?”

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Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Do Now: Government and Civics | June 27, 2014 | 363 Comments

Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Several years have passed since Occupy Wall Street protests flared up throughout the country, and although the issue has largely faded from national debate, the degree of income inequality that sparked the movement remains rampant. Do you think income inequality is a problem in our society?

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How Should We Address Poverty?

Do Now | June 20, 2014 | 178 Comments

How Should We Address Poverty?

Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.

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Do You Learn Better Through Making?

Do Now | May 30, 2014 | 98 Comments

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon. Referred to as Maker Culture or the DIY Movement, self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert (aka do-it-yourself), usually involving technology and online sharing has truly exploded around us, especially in the Bay Area. Why is this happening?

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Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

Do Now | May 23, 2014 | 18 Comments

Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

In April, a convicted murderer on Oklahoma’s death row was given a lethal injection. But the procedure — intended to be swift and painless — got screwed up, causing the inmate to writhe in intense pain and eventual die of a heart attack. Should prisoners convicted of the worst crimes receive the death penalty?

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Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping The Abducted School Girls in Nigeria?

Do Now: Government and Civics | May 16, 2014 | 120 Comments

Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping The Abducted School Girls in Nigeria?

Over a month ago, the radical Islamist Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 girls in Chibok village in the northeast part of the country. Do you think the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls is making a difference in the kidnapping case of more than 200 Nigerian school girls?

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Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

Do Now | May 9, 2014 | 20 Comments

Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

The Federal government is setting new guidelines aimed to improve school climate by transforming discipline practices and policies. What does discipline looks like at your school? Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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