Discussion Starter: Family Clings to Hope for Teens Lost at Sea
31 July 2015
In the News Jupiter, Fla.—For a week, the families of young sailors Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have awaited news of their sons’ safety. But as more time passes, the odds of surviving in the Atlantic Ocean decrease. On July 24, the 14-year-old boys headed..
Discussion Starter: Breakups Dash Fans’ Hope of True Love
27 July 2015
In the News Tishomingo, Okla.—After news broke that singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are divorcing, social-media posts were filled with disbelief, despair, and grief. “There goes all my faith in love,” read a typical tweet. The divorce “leaves me with no hope for marriage,”..
Discussion Starter: Past Transgressions Cost Duggar Family Hit Show
20 July 2015
In the News Tontitown, Ark.—Cable channel TLC has officially canceled 19 Kids and Counting, its popular show about the Duggar family, due to revelations about child molestation previously committed by oldest son Josh. At age 14, he admitted to improperly touching four of his sisters..
Discussion Starter: Social Media Filled With Body-Shaming Backlash
10 July 2015
In the News Louisiana—After Rachel Taylor, a plus-size woman, overheard a teenage shopper making fun of a “huge” tank top, her initial reaction was tears. It was unintentional, but body-shaming none-the-less. But then Taylor decided to try on and buy the shirt, saying she looked..
Discussion Starter: Confederate Flag Targeted After Mass Killing
29 June 2015
In the News Charleston, S.C.—Following the shooting deaths of nine African-Americans during a church Bible study, Southern states are debating the removal of the Confederate flag. Alleged killer Dylann Roof posed with the flag, sparking renewed controversy about its appropriateness in public life. During his..