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Re-thinking Fast Fashion

Do Now | October 3, 2014 | 358 Comments

Re-thinking Fast Fashion

Fall is here, which means colder weather and, for some teens, a reason to buy new clothes. But purchasing a new wardrobe can be problematic if you’re looking to balance style, affordability, and ethics. How should teens balance affordability, style and ethics when it comes to buying clothing?

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Should the Members of a Police Force Reflect the Larger Population?

Do Now | September 26, 2014 | 580 Comments

Should the Members of a Police Force Reflect the Larger Population?

he issue of race and law enforcement was thrust into the national spotlight last month when a white police officer in Ferguson, MO shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. Is it important for police departments to be as racially diverse as the communities they work in?

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How Should We Address Illegal Immigration?

Do Now | September 19, 2014 | 638 Comments

How Should We Address Illegal Immigration?

The border between the United States and Mexico is about 2000 miles long. About a third of has fencing to prevent illegal immigration. Is this an effective strategy to address illegal immigration?

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How Can We Help Fight the Ebola Outbreak?

Do Now | September 12, 2014 | 740 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 | 403 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 | 364 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 | 240 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 | 20 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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