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Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

Do Now | August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

In 2012, California launched its cap-and-trade program. In this program, the government sets a limit on the total amount of allowable carbon emissions from businesses, refineries, manufacturers and power plants. Some people think that a tax on carbon emissions would be better. How do you think companies can best be regulated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

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Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Do Now | June 27, 2014 | 364 Comments

Is Income Inequality a Problem in Our Society?

Several years have passed since Occupy Wall Street protests flared up throughout the country, and although the issue has largely faded from national debate, the degree of income inequality that sparked the movement remains rampant. Do you think income inequality is a problem in our society?

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How Should We Address Poverty?

Do Now | June 20, 2014 | 240 Comments

How Should We Address Poverty?

Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.

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How Would You Design a Bicycle?

Do Now | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

How Would You Design a Bicycle?

Learning to ride a bicycle is a strong memory from many of our childhoods. How did you learn how to ride a bicycle? What would you change about how today’s bicycles are designed?

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Sexism in Science is Caused by Traditional Gender Roles

Do Now | June 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Sexism in Science is Caused by Traditional Gender Roles

Women have made great strides in fighting for equality in America, but are there factors that still hold women back in certain areas like science? In our #DoNowSexism post, we asked students, What do you have to say about the reasons and realities of sexism in science? What are the barriers, if any, to women in STEM careers?

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What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

Do Now | June 6, 2014 | 8 Comments

What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking.

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Do You Learn Better Through Making?

Do Now | May 30, 2014 | 98 Comments

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon. Referred to as Maker Culture or the DIY Movement, self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert (aka do-it-yourself), usually involving technology and online sharing has truly exploded around us, especially in the Bay Area. Why is this happening?

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Water is a Right for Everyone

Do Now | May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water is a Right for Everyone

Should water be free for everyone? In the past few weeks, students across the nation debated about whether or not water is a right or a commodity in our #DoNowWater post. We asked students, Should we consider water as a commodity, available only to those who can pay for it, or as a right, freely available to everyone to use (and to waste)?

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Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

Do Now | May 23, 2014 | 20 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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