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Our latest and best pro/con articles to help you develop a position on the world's most important issues. Our latest and best pro/con articles to help you develop a position on the world's most important issues.
-*'''<big>[[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook| Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]]</big>''' - August 29th, 2011. Minnesota just enacted a law that bans exclusive relationships and communications between teachers and students via social networks like Facebook. Other states, the nation, and the world consider the debate.+*'''<big>[[Debate: Occupy protests]]</big>'''
'''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:''' '''Featured pro and con arguments from this article:'''
 +*'''PRO: [[Argument: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism| Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism]]''' [http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/10/occupy-protests "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011]:[[Image:Occupy Wall Street.jpg|right|180px]]"they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
-*'''[[Argument: Teacher-student online access/immediacy has edu value| Teacher-student online access/immediacy has edu value]]''' [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/missouri-facebook-law_n_916716.html "Missouri 'Facebook Law' Limits Teacher-Student Interactions Online, Draws Criticism And Praise." Huffington Post. August 3rd, 2011]: "critics argue that a student struggling with 'Hamlet,' for instance, misses a learning opportunity when he or she sees a teacher on IM and can't send a message. Or a student who is too shy to raise his hand in class might prefer to email his teacher, but might not feel comfortable knowing his parents or a member of the administration might be reading the email as well."+*'''CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message.''' [http://www.studlife.com/forum/staff-editorials/2011/10/17/occupy-protests-need-to-focus-on-coherent-demands/ "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011]: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack.[[Image:Occupy Protest 2.jpg|right|180px]] The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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-*'''CON: Exclusive teacher-student relationships are inappropriate.''' Charol Shakeshaft, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University: "Exclusive and private contact with your students isn't educationally necessary. In the same way that in a school we would say, 'No, you may not lock yourself into a room with a student,' this law effectively says, 'No you may not lock yourself into a website where only you can get to the student.' [...] Anything I need to do as a teacher I can do in a public space or a space that can be accessed by people. If I need to be doing it completely in private, then I shouldn't be doing it."[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/missouri-facebook-law_n_916716.html]+
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- +*'''[[Debate: Does Obama deserve a second term?| Does Obama deserve a second term?]]''' - October 10th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood| UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' - September 26th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act| American Jobs Act]]''' - September 17th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline| Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline]]''' - September 5th, 2011.
 +*'''[[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook| Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]]''' - September 2nd, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]''' - August 9th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]''' - August 9th, 2011.
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*'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Release of Osama bin Laden death photos| Release of Osama bin Laden death photos]]''' - May 6th, 2011.
*'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011. *'''[[Debate: Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial| Osama Bin Laden Sea Burial]]''' - May 3rd, 2011.
-*'''[[Debate: Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders| Return of Israel to pre-1967 borders]]''' - April 30th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Term limits for legislators| Term limits for legislators]]''' - April 19th, 2011. 
-*'''[[Debate: Seattle deep-bore tunnel| Seattle deep-bore tunnel]]''' - April 13th, 2011.  
-*'''[[Debate: Should the US arm Libyan rebels?| Should the US arm Libyan rebels?]]''' - April 2nd, 2011.  
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-*'''[[Debate: Death penalty]]''' Republican US presidential candidate Rick Perry executed 234 convicts during his ten years as governor of Texas [more than any other governor in modern history], reinvigorating a national debate on the practice.[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rick-perry-holds-the-record-on-executions/2011/08/17/gIQAMvNwYJ_story.html?hpid=z9][[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]] +*'''[[Climate change and clean energy portal]]''' Probably one of Debatepedia's best resources, this portal is always timely.
-*'''[[Debate: US intervention in Libya]]''' As Libyan rebels took control of Tripoli, many came back to the question of whether US and NATO interventions were worth it, with many now conceding that the mission was worthwhile.[http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle-east/libyan-rebels-converging-on-tripoli/2011/08/21/gIQAbF3RUJ_story.html?hpid=z1] +*'''[[Debate: Constitutionality of US health insurance mandates]]''' The Obama Administration and others are pushing for a final ruling from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's mandate that Americans [with some exceptions] buy private health insurance.[[Image:Newstand.jpg|right|200px]]
-*'''[[Debate: Polygamy]]''' This issue briefly peaked back into the news when Warren Jeffs, a notorious polygamist, was sentenced to life in prison on August 9th, 2011.[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14468085]+*'''[[Debate: UN recognition of Palestinian statehood]]''' is front and center in international news, as the Palestinian Authority pursues a high-profile UN vote in favor of statehood. A majority of UN member states appear to support their push. Yet, the US has promised to veto the move in the Security Council in support of its ally Israel.
-*'''[[Global climate change debate portal]]''' Heatwaves around the world have renewed calls for renewable energy of every kind: [http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2011-08-12/heat-wave-renews-call-for-renewable-energy/ Austin Chronicle].+*'''[[Debate: American Jobs Act]]''' US President Obama submitted the American Jobs Act to Congress at a critical time in the nation's economic history. Debatepedia looks at the bill and the arguments from its supporters and detractors.
''[[Debates in the News| More Debates in the News]]'' ''[[Debates in the News| More Debates in the News]]''
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-*'''August 26th.''' Myclob is experimenting with a new way of organizing argument pages, so that they are structured like main debate pages - in a pro/con structure with reasons to agree and disagree. See [[Argument: Polygamy leaves some men with no women to marry; socially destabilizing]]. A debate on the value of this kind of approach is occurring on [http://www.facebook.com/groups/19125768640/ Debatepedia's Facebook group].+*'''[[Debate: The New Deal| New Deal]] created historic public works and infrastructure.''' [http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history_lesson/2011/10/new_deal_accomplishments_do_conservatives_who_attack_the_new_dea.html Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011]:[[Image:Person typing.gif|right|190px]] "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."
-*'''August 24th.''' [[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]] was created and is being developed as some states and municipalities, such as Missouri, have banned such relationships by law.+
-*'''August 22nd.''' [[Debate: Law school]] was posted to the Debate Digest after multiple days of development.+
''See [[Editorial news and tasks| Past editorial news and tasks]]'' | ''Follow recent edits and updates on [http://twitter.com/debatepedia Twitter]'' | ''See other [[Editing tasks|editing tasks]] you can do.'' ''See [[Editorial news and tasks| Past editorial news and tasks]]'' | ''Follow recent edits and updates on [http://twitter.com/debatepedia Twitter]'' | ''See other [[Editing tasks|editing tasks]] you can do.''
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  • PRO: Occupy protesters have common message to right capitalism "Cross continents." The Economist. Oct 17th 2011:
    "they do share a common demand: someone, somewhere, should do something to right the problems of global capitalism as currently constituted. One reason why these protests are so interesting is that their targets, those cheerleaders for globalisation, capitalism and free markets, tend to agree that the system needs fixing. This makes the 'occupy' protests, as they have come to be known in the English-speaking world, hard to argue against."
  • CON: Occupy protests lack common/coherent message. "Occupy protests need to focus on coherent demands." Student Life Staff Editorial. October 17th, 2011: "The protests have been linked and compared to the tea party movement, due to their similar grassroots nature and extreme ideological stances. However, the tea party does have a centralized message, which the “Occupy” protests lack.
    The tea party is about reducing taxes and cutting spending to make government smaller. Regardless of whether or not you agree with the tea party’s stances, it is possible to know what the entire group and all of its smaller subsidiaries are about. We believe the “Occupy” protests need to do the same thing. Define and convey their message correctly, and stick to reasonable demands that resonate with the rest of the American public. Most of the country has been seriously hurt by the financial crisis, and most of the American public wants to focus on creating a more equal and fair country. There is a lot of room for the “Occupy” protests to grow, but without a consistent message, most Americans will be turned off."
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  • New Deal created historic public works and infrastructure. Michael Hiltzik. "What the new deal accomplished." Slate. Oct 13th, 2011:
    "The New Deal physically reshaped the country. To this day, Americans still rely on its works for transportation, electricity, flood control, housing, and community amenities. The output of one agency alone, the Works Progress Administration, represents a magnificent bequest to later generations. The WPA produced, among many other projects, 1,000 miles of new and rebuilt airport runways, 651,000 miles of highway, 124,000 bridges, 8,000 parks, and 18,000 playgrounds and athletic fields; some 84,000 miles of drainage pipes, 69,000 highway light standards, and 125,000 public buildings built, rebuilt, or expanded. Among the latter were 41,300 schools. The transformative power of this effort is inestimable."

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