2013 Pro/Con Essay Topics
AP Composition--Mr. Bliss
|Gun Control||High School Reform|
|The Atlantic: "The Case for More Guns (and More Gun Control)"--another outstanding article by Jeffrey Goldberg arguing that gun ownership could possibly stop or prevent crime.||How teacher development could revolutionize our schools--A Washington Post Editorial by Bill Gates (February 28. 2011)|
|How the Gun Control Movement Got Smart--A Atlantic magazine article (February 7, 2013) discussing the new tactics of gun control advocates pushing for legislation.||New York Times: Editorial/Opinion Page: Failing the Wrong Grades by Diane Ravitch--A New York Times Editorial rebutting statements made by then President George W. Bush, several state governors and Bill Gates (March 15, 2005)|
|The Atlantic: "The Secret History of Guns"--and outstanding article by Adam Winkler on the history of gun control in America.||Education Week: High School Reform--an article that outlines some of the issues of concern related to high schools and reform.|
|U. S. News and World Report: The Future of High School Reform--the responses of educational experts who discuss their thoughts and ideas of educational reform.|
|NRA: What They Didn't Tell You Today: Wayne LaPierre Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Committee--Be aware that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has an agenda and any information used from this site should cause the researcher to be aware of bias.||Where Do Good Schools Begin? (5 Letters)--letters to the editors of the New York Times in response to(March 21, 2005)|
|NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA)--This is the NRA's lobbying arm website, which spotlights legislative issues they want members to be aware of and for which NRA members should take political action.||The Washington Post: The Answer Sheet: The Bill Gates problem in school reform--an opinion response to Bill Gates' talk on what must be done to change schools and improve achievement.|
|New York Times: Times Topics: Guns and Gun Control--This web site reviews the issue of gun control and gives an overview of what is currently happening. Additional links to other NYT stories are included on this site.||Why growing concentrated poverty dooms school reform--a Washington Post editorial on the impact of poverty on student achievement.|
|The Huffington Post: Second Amendment Rights--this site features articles posted on their digital media site on the topic of guns and the Second Amendment.||
|An NEA policy brief: Reforming High Schools for the 21st Century--An Imperative--the National Education Association's viewpoint on necessary educational reform.|
|Milestones in Federal Gun Control Legislation--A timeline of the history of gun control in America.||TED Weekends: "Do Schools Kill Creativity"--A short talk by Sir Ken Robinson, an author and educational advisor, on arts education, creativity and innovation.|
|About.com: Civil Liberties: History of the Second Amendment--As stated in the title of this page you will find here, "a timeline of gun rights in America."||The World Bank: Secondary Education - Key Issues|
|Just Facts: gun control--this site boasts that it is a site for "independent thinkers" and to present the facts in an unbiased manner. The site is organized into sections that include: an introduction of the issue, general facts, and specific issues (e. g. Crime and Self-Defense). The site includes charts and graphs that illustrate the issue.||Huffington Post: Education Reform--this site includes several articles, videos and links on the various topics of educational reform.|
|Harvard Injury Control Research Center--This web site included videos and statistics on guns and public health concerns||Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom by Alan November--An interesting proposal and vision on educational reform by futurist Alan November.|
|BloombergBusinessweek: "How Often Do We Use Guns in Self-Defense?"--an interesting article on Defensive Gun Use (DGU) that looks at both sides of this issue. Also, this website links to related stories.||U. S. News and World Report: Education: Best High Schools in California--U. S. News & World Report's list of the top ten California high schools that have won silver or gold medals, which are based upon: student to teacher ratio; college readiness; and the Academic Performance Index score.|
|What Should Be Done About Guns--Several letters to the New York Times Opinion section on President Obama's front page article on gun control (January 17, 2013).||The Washington Post: The Answer Sheet: School Reform--a variety of educational reform articles and videos.|
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On this CNN site you will find video and articles on the gun control
An additional articles: Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain; Do guns make us safer?
|New York Times Opinion Page: "When Grading is Degrading"--an article that criticizes the last two presidents' educational "solutions".|
Other Possible Topics
Multnomah County Library: Social Issues: Global Warming
ScienceDaily: Global warming controversy
Earth Times: Climate Change
Global Issues: Climate Change and Global Warming--nice array of the various subtopics within this issue.
New York Times: Science: Global Warming & Climate Change
|anti terrorism (scanners/wiretapping/Homeland Security)||
Multonmah County Library: Social Issues: Terrorism
About.com: Terrorism Issues: Counterterrorism & Homeland Security
Wikipedia: Patriot Act--be sure to scroll to the bottom of the article for related topics.
Path to citizenship should be a long hike
Immigration Q&A: Amnesty or path to citizenship?
Multonmah County Library: Social Issues: Immigration
|Internet (antipiracy/wiretapping/social networking and privacy)||
the News: Internet Privacy
New York Times: After an Online Firestorm, Congress Shelves Antipiracy Bills
New York Times: U. S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet
|military intervention (Afghanistan)||
Times: World: Warning Against Wars Like Iraq and Afghanistan
Global Policy Forum: UN Involvement in Afghanistan
|sports (high school sports injuries/compensation for college athletes)||
The Sport Journal: Point/Counterpoint: Paying College Athletes
Forbes: End College Sports Indentured Servitude: Pay "Student Athletes"
Fobes: The Right Way to Compensate College Athletes
Fit: Sports Injuries Rise in High School
last updated: 211/2013