Discussion Starter: Americans Debate Trump’s Call for Muslim Ban
15 December 2015
In the News Washington, D.C.—Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said last week that Muslims should be banned from the United States, playing on Americans’ terrorism-related fears and anxieties. A recent poll shows that only 17 percent of Americans now view Islam favorably. At a rally..
Discussion Starter: Mass Shooting Leads to ‘Prayer Shaming’
04 December 2015
Mass Shooting Leads to ‘Prayer Shaming’ In the News San Bernardino, Calif.—Following yet another mass shooting—on what the BBC called “just another day in the United States of America”—people who offered thoughts and prayers for victims experienced a backlash from those who called for action..
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..