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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 | 415 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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Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

Do Now: Government and Civics | January 10, 2014 | 19 Comments

Are School Discipline Policies Too Severe?

The Obama administration is urging schools to review their school discipline policies to ensure they are not overly zealous and comply with civil rights law. The policies in question are often called zero tolerance rules, which hand out swift and strong punishment to those who break rules in school, and sometimes result in court action. After Texas passed its zero tolerance policy for school disciplinary issues in 1995, many students began receiving criminal citations for missing class, fighting, cursing and even throwing paper airplanes.

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The Gettysburg Address:  A 150-Year-Old Speech Continues to Resonate

Do Now | December 13, 2013 | 8 Comments

The Gettysburg Address: A 150-Year-Old Speech Continues to Resonate

Four score and seven years ago … well actually, 150 years ago — on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now legendary Gettysburg Address in. A mere 273 words in length, in honor of the soldiers who fought in one of the most important battles of the Civil War, the speech became one of the most influential speeches in American history.

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What Event of 2013 Had the Most Impact On You?

Do Now: Government and Civics | December 6, 2013 | 27 Comments

What Event of 2013 Had the Most Impact On You?

To look back at the triumphs, tragedies and trends, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the site’s search engine results. The result is a joyous, inspiring and sometimes tragic diary of what we’ve accomplished and endured over the last twelve months.

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Is College Worth the Cost?

Do Now | November 30, 2013 | 77 Comments

Is College Worth the Cost?

In 2013, nearly 20 million students in the United States were enrolled in colleges and universities, more than any other time in the country’s history. Compare that to sixty years ago, when higher education enrollment rates were still under 3 million.

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What is This Generation’s Moon Mission?

Do Now | November 22, 2013 | 2 Comments

What is This Generation’s Moon Mission?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowJFK For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now President Kennedy inspired a generation of scientists with his mission to be the first country to […]

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Three Strikes and You’re Out?

Do Now | November 15, 2013 | 121 Comments

Three Strikes and You’re Out?

In 1994, Californians approved a Three Strikes law that was the toughest in the nation. In addition to violent and serious crimes, felons convicted of shoplifting, drug possession and other low-level offenses were imprisoned for life terms. More than 9,000 people were sent to prison under the law.

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How Can We Prevent Veterans From Being Homeless?

Do Now | November 8, 2013 | 44 Comments

How Can We Prevent Veterans From Being Homeless?

Homelessness is not simply a person without a place to sleep at night. As Steve Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets writes in his article in the Huffington Post, “homelessness is the end result of a whole series of events that result in diminished capacity, loss of self-determination, most often loss of employment, loss of family, isolation, poverty, and lack of self-esteem, all leading to inability to pay for housing.”

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