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Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

Do Now | May 23, 2014 | 17 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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Is Celebrity Obsession Bad for Us?

Do Now | May 20, 2014 | 103 Comments

Is Celebrity Obsession Bad for Us?

Many of us are at least somewhat clued-in to celebrity gossip, whether we want to be or not. Is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture?

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Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping The Abducted School Girls in Nigeria?

Do Now | May 16, 2014 | 120 Comments

Is #BringBackOurGirls Helping The Abducted School Girls in Nigeria?

Over a month ago, the radical Islamist Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 300 girls in Chibok village in the northeast part of the country. Do you think the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls is making a difference in the kidnapping case of more than 200 Nigerian school girls?

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Sexism in Science?

Do Now | May 14, 2014 | 6 Comments

Sexism in Science?

There is a significant gender gap between men and women in the sciences. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that although women make up around 50% of the workforce, they only comprise 26% of the employees in STEM fields. What is your take on the underrepresentation of women in science?

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Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

Do Now | May 9, 2014 | 20 Comments

Is Positive Discipline More Effective Than Punishment?

The Federal government is setting new guidelines aimed to improve school climate by transforming discipline practices and policies. What does discipline looks like at your school? Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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E-Cigarettes Need More Regulation

Do Now | May 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

E-Cigarettes Need More Regulation

Within the past couple of weeks, students questioned if e-cigarettes should be regulated more by the government in our #DoNowECigs post. We asked students, Should e-cigarettes be regulated in the same way as traditional tobacco and conventional combustion cigarettes? Why or why not?

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Where Do You Find Everyday Art?

Do Now | May 6, 2014 | 48 Comments

Where Do You Find Everyday Art?

In art, abstraction can be anything that is non-figurative or non-representative of familiar objects. Abstract art can sometimes feel complicated to understand because it is not based in a familiar reality. Where do you find beautiful patterns and shapes? What kinds of abstraction do you consider beautiful? Snap a photo of abstraction in your everyday life and explain why it is aesthetically appealing to you.

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What Makes the Internet Dangerous?

Do Now | May 2, 2014 | 70 Comments

What Makes the Internet Dangerous?

Just like in school or the mall, online spaces like Facebook or Twitter can be places of great conversations with friends; however, they can also be a place of unwanted comments or requests, and relationships that aren’t clearly defined. What is it that makes the internet potentially dangerous?

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Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

Do Now | April 29, 2014 | 300 Comments

Should Water Be a Commodity or a Right?

Water is essential to our lives, but increased demands along with changes in weather and climate can put pressure on the availability of this resource. Should we consider water as a commodity, available to those who can pay for it, or as a right, freely available to everyone?

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