Discussion Starter: Refugee Policy Debated Amid Terrorism Fears
19 November 2015
In the News Washington, D.C.—Following last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, in which ISIS militants killed 129 people and injured hundreds more, America and Europe are rethinking their refugee policies. At least one suspect had entered Europe among a wave of Syrian refugees. Since 2011,..
Discussion Starter: Racial Strife Leads to Campus Unrest
13 November 2015
In the News Columbia, Mo.—Years of simmering racial tension came to a boiling point this week at the University of Missouri, leading to the resignation of two top officials. African-American students, who comprise about eight percent of the state system’s flagship campus, say racist incidents..
Discussion Starter: Teens Use Media 9 Hours Daily, Report Finds
06 November 2015
In the News New York—According to a report from the nonprofit Common Sense Media, teenagers spend about nine hours each day using media for their enjoyment. That doesn’t include media use for homework. Calling the numbers “mind-boggling,” James Steyer, the group’s CEO, said teenagers “spend..
Discussion Starter: Officer Fired After Classroom Confrontation
30 October 2015
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a discussion-starter that did not include important questions about race in the original version. When this story first broke, race was not the focus of the controversy—but it quickly became the focus. We regret not including this..
Discussion Starter: Called-Off Wedding Leads to Feast for Homeless
23 October 2015
In the News Sacramento, CA—When Quinn Duane’s engagement ended just days before a lavish wedding was scheduled, she and her family decided to make the best of a tough situation. Because it was too late to get their money back, Quinn and her mom, Kari..