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How Can We Address The High Cost of Fast Fashion?

Do Now | April 11, 2014 | 328 Comments

How Can We Address The High Cost of Fast Fashion?

In the year since a garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers, small steps have been taken to improve safety conditions. Who should be responsible for the manufacturing of clothing in unregulated and unsafe factories?

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What Happened to Malaysian Airlines Flight 370?

Do Now | April 4, 2014 | 357 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 the Government Be Able to Stop a Woman from Getting an Abortion?

Do Now | March 28, 2014 | 431 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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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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Is Prescription Drug Abuse a Big Concern?

Do Now: Government and Civics | March 14, 2014 | 78 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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Should Ukrainians Have Ousted Their Democratically Elected Leader?

Do Now: Government and Civics | 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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Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?

Do Now | February 28, 2014 | 459 Comments

Should Felons Have the Right to Vote?

Most states don’t allow prisoners to vote, and some even permanently disenfranchise felons after their release. Should felons have the right to vote, and at what point?

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How Can Women Continue the Fight for Gender Equality?

Do Now | February 21, 2014 | 445 Comments

How Can Women Continue the Fight for Gender Equality?

We may take it for granted now that a woman can be the secretary of state, the head of General Motors, or even president of the United States, but it wasn’t so long ago when it was almost inconceivable for a woman to achieve any of these accomplishments. How can women continue to make progress in the fight for gender equality?

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Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

Do Now: Government and Civics | February 14, 2014 | 475 Comments

Should the Olympics be a Stage for Political Dissent?

At an International Olympic Committee ceremony held in early February before the start of the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed to nations to leave their political differences at the door. Is it cool to bring political issues to the Olympics? When there are strong tensions between nations or concerns over human rights violations, should those issues be left at the door in the spirit of international unity and competition, or should the Olympics be used as a worldwide stage to express political dissent and call attention to perceived injustices?

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Are Schools Teaching Sex Ed Too Late?

Do Now | February 7, 2014 | 120 Comments

Are Schools Teaching Sex Ed Too Late?

Given evidence that many girls and boys are physically maturing faster than previous decades, do you think schools should start sex-ed at a younger age? When is the right time to start talking to kids about their changing bodies, and what are the best ways to have that conversation? Who should educate kids about puberty — parents or schools or both?

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