Discussion Starter: Over-reported Outbreak Sparks Sex-Ed Controversy
18 May 2015
In the News Crane, Texas—A small town recently made headlines when a report surfaced of an STD outbreak at its high school, which uses an abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum. Although that report was later disproven, it sparked debate about what teenagers should be taught about sexuality...
Discussion Starter: Zero-Tolerance Mom Ends Son’s Melee
30 April 2015
In the News Baltimore—Amid protests that shuttered much of Baltimore this week, an unlikely figure emerged. Angered to see her 16-year-old son Michael throwing objects at police, Toya Graham confronted him while cameras rolled. “Are you for real? Really?” she screamed, while smacking him repeatedly,..
Discussion Starter: Young Workers Join Wage Protests
17 April 2015
In the News New York—Chanting “We can’t survive on $8.25” and “Fight for $15 on 4/15,” fast-food and retail workers marched this week to demand a living wage. Protests occurred in dozens of U.S. cities, with some employees walking off the job to participate. Home..
Discussion Starter: Fans Distraught Over Singer’s Departure
02 April 2015
In the News London—Upon hearing that Zayn Malik was leaving One Direction, many of the singing group’s young fans experienced profound grief, often expressing it on social media. Mental-health experts offered parents tips for helping kids cope with such intense emotions. On Facebook, Malik wrote,..
Discussion Starter: Young Player Handles Insult With Class
26 March 2015
In the News Philadelphia—After a college baseball player was kicked off his team for an offensive tweet about Little League phenom Mo’ne Davis, Davis came to his defense. Davis, the first girl to pitch a postseason Little League shutout, will be the subject of a..