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#BringBackOurGirls Brings Awareness Not Action

Civics in the Community | 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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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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Art Should be Judged Independent of the Artist

Do Now Round-Ups | March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Art Should be Judged Independent of the Artist

In the past two weeks, students across the nation discussed whether they can enjoy a piece of artwork, from music to paintings, produced by an artist who leads a controversial life in our #DoNowArtist post. We asked students Can you still appreciate a work of art even if you don’t like the artist as a person? Should we continue to celebrate art by people who do bad things? Can you separate the art from the artist? Should you?

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Statistics about the Most Dangerous Cities in America

What's New in News & Civics! | February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Statistics about the Most Dangerous Cities in America

According to data recently released by the FBI, crime rates in the United States have fallen for both violent and property crimes within the past two decades. While violent crime still persists in urban areas, several of America’s largest cities, such as New York, have experienced this downward trend. This decrease in crime can be attributed to a wide variety of factors, from stricter policing to community programs.

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Stop and Frisk Comes at a Price

Do Now Round-Ups | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stop and Frisk Comes at a Price

Last week, students across the nation debated on what they believed causes crime, and how some cities manage it better than others in our #DoNowCrime post. We asked students Why have some American cities been so much more successful than others in reducing violent crime?

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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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The Three Strikes Law is Unfair

Do Now Round-Ups | December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Three Strikes Law is Unfair

Last week, students across the country discussed the effectiveness of longer prison sentences in our #DoNow3Strikes post. We asked students Do lengthy prison sentences help deter crime? Should voters or legislators be part of determining prison sentences?

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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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