Discussion Starter: Orlando Massacre Leads to Calls for Love and Action
15 June 2016
In the News Orlando, Fla.—After the country’s deadliest mass shooting, Americans are struggling with how to respond—and how to bring about change. Early Sunday, a gunman loyal to ISIS killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Afterward, while politicians..
Discussion Starter: Rape Sentence Causes Outrage
10 June 2016
In the News Palo Alto, Ca.—Reaction was swift after a Stanford University athlete received a six-month prison sentence for a brutal sexual assault. Meanwhile, emotional letters shared by the victim and the perpetrator’s father sparked wildly different reactions. Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, was..
Discussion Starter: Gorilla’s Death Sparks Outcry
02 June 2016
In the News Cincinnati—Soon after zookeepers killed an endangered gorilla to save a boy who’d fallen into its enclosure, outrage and finger-pointing began. On Saturday, a 4-year-old boy crawled through a barrier, landing in the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit. Harambe, a 400-pound silverback, first appeared..
Discussion Starter: Climbers Die Chasing a Dream
28 May 2016
In the News Kathmandu, Nepal—Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, claimed five more lives recently, but that isn’t stopping long lines of people from attempting the summit. With a short “weather window” to scale the 29,035-foot peak, eager climbers—many of them amateurs—are taking risks to..
Discussion Starter: Transgender Bathroom Debate Intensifies
20 May 2016
Transgender Bathroon Debate Intensifies In the News Raleigh, N.C.—According to new federal guidelines, public schools must let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen identity, not their birth gender. President Obama says the rules are necessary to protect young people from..