the ISSUESChoose a current event to learn the ways it impacts your life and its ties to past history. Learn about the policy currently in place before suggesting your own idea for a change.
OPINIONSOnce you've read about the issue, work with your classmates to form a well-supported policy solution. Does your policy stand up to the scrutiny of your peers? Which ideas do you and your classmates support?
Issues in the News
Fracking has caused an energy boom in the United States. In 2000 only about 1 percent of the natural gas in America came from fracking; today it accounts for nearly 25 percent. But do the perceived dangers associated with this drilling practice outweigh the possible risks to our health and safety?
Many countries, including the United States, have laws that protect child laborers and regulate working conditions; but in many other nations children are forced to work in dangerous and even life threatening conditions. Can Americans force other nations to adopt laws that create safer working conditions for children in other countries? Should we?
Many argue over what has prompted more than 57,000 children from Central America to enter the United States illegally, whether they are attempting to escape violence in their home countries or trying to take advantage of new immigration policies promoted by President Obama. Of more immediate concern is what to do with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children.
Many states have recently enacted laws that require voters to present a government issued photo ID. Are these new laws necessary? Many argue that the tougher photo ID laws are needed to prevent against voter fraud while opponents believe the new laws only serve to discriminate against the poor, the elderly, and minority citizens.
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