We may know the latest gossip about One Direction or how Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator, but is our interest in celebrities a bad thing? Within the past few weeks, students analyzed how our fascination with celebrities impacts society in our #DoNowCelebrity post. We asked students, Given the context of income inequality and changing demographics across the country, is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture? Why?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?