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A Timeline About the History of Immigration in America

News & Civics | June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Timeline About the History of Immigration in America

America, a nation of immigrants, has attracted a large number of people from around the world. Ever since the first Europeans moved here in the 1600s, American has experienced complicated relationships with newcomers.

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Interactive Charts Examining California’s Prison System

News & Civics | June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Interactive Charts Examining California’s Prison System

Who does California place behind bars? According to the CDCR 2011 data, most inmates originate from Southern California and are non-white.

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#BringBackOurGirls Brings Awareness Not Action

News & Civics | June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

#BringBackOurGirls Brings Awareness Not Action

Does a hashtag have the power to change the world? Last week, students across the nation discussed the value of utilizing social media for social justice issues in our #DoNowNigeria post.

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An Interactive Map Tracking Western Wildfires

News & Civics | June 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Interactive Map Tracking Western Wildfires

Wildfires have always plagued the West, but according to the National Interagency Fire Center, thirty-six wildfires burned through eight western States this past year. Around 2.5 million acres have been burned across the west in states ranging from California to Wyoming.

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Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

News & Civics | May 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

Last week, students questioned what is the most effective way teachers should address disobedience in school in our #DoNowDiscipline post. We asked students, Explain what 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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Is the Death Penalty an Appropriate Form of Punishment?

News & Civics | 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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The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor is a Problem

News & Civics | May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor is a Problem

Americans are instilled with the idea that if you work hard enough, you can move up the social ladder, but is this still true today? Last week, students around the nation discussed income inequality in our #DoNowIncome post.

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Unidentified Internet Users Pose Danger

News & Civics | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Unidentified Internet Users Pose Danger

With a simple click, the internet allows us to connect with old friends from high school or maybe even research information about March on Washington for class, but could the internet also be a dangerous place? Last week, students across the nation discussed how the internet can be a useful, but also a dangerous place in our #DoNowInternet post.

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Eight Helpful Videos that Explain Conflict in Ukraine

News & Civics | May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Eight Helpful Videos that Explain Conflict in Ukraine

Confused about the conflict in Ukraine? Shortly after the Olympics, the crisis in Ukraine escalated to a breaking point. The media flashed images of protests in Ukraine, reported on the latest developments in Crimea and even highlighted the growing tension between Russia and America. But what exactly does it all mean? Explore these eight short […]

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A Map of Where Felons Can Vote

News & Civics | May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Map of Where Felons Can Vote

The United States implements the strictest felon voting laws in the world. As of 2010, the government denied 5.8 million Americans the right to vote due to criminal activity. Explore KQED’s The Lowdown’s interactive map that shows felon voting laws in each state, along with a percentage of the population in each state that has been impacted.

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