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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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Is Violent Crime Decreasing in Your Community?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 31, 2014 | 502 Comments

Is Violent Crime Decreasing in Your Community?

Crime rates in the United States have dropped significantly in the last two decades, especially in many urban areas where they are often the highest. Violent crime rates, in particular, have gone way down in many large cities around the country. Is it a result of certain policing strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and social services, or other less obvious factors?

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Are High-Impact Sports Worth The Risk For Young Athletes?

Do Now | January 24, 2014 | 417 Comments

Are High-Impact Sports Worth The Risk For Young Athletes?

While football fans prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos, the National Football League (NFL) has come under intense scrutiny for what critics are calling a “concussion crisis” or “concussion epidemic”. Should young people be allowed to play heavy contact sports now that we know they can cause permanent brain damage? Should there be new education, equipment or rule changes to help prevent concussions in football?

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What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 17, 2014 | 407 Comments

What Would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Think?

The comedian Chris Rock once famously advised, ‘If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they’re lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’” He added: “You know what’s so sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don’t care where you are in America, if you’re on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there’s some violence going down.” If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are?

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