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|-||*'''<big>[[Debate: Law school]]</big>''' - August 19th, 2011. As prospective students consider taking the October and December LSATs to then apply for law school starting in the fall of 2012, this debate is as relevant as ever.||+||*'''<big>[[Debate: 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 and the nation as a whole considers the debate.|
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|-||*'''[[Argument: Law degree is perhaps the most versatile degree| Law degree is perhaps the most versatile degree]]''' [http://www.kaptest.com/Affiliate_Network/Feature_Content/Law_Content/AF_marketing_goodlaw.html "Why Go to Law School?" Kaplan]:[[Image:Law school.jpg|right|200px]] "Lawyers can function in the business world, whereas M.B.A.'s cannot function in a legal position. And although lawyers cannot be doctors, neither are they as closely held to their "field" as are M.D.'s. [...] A law degree gives you almost unparalleled mobility in your career&151;lawyers run movie studios, manage baseball teams, hold political office, serve in the foreign service, run Fortune 500 companies, and head a wide range of legal service organizations."||+||*'''[[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: [[Argument: J.D. is not "all purpose" degree: it's for lawyers| J.D. is not "all purpose" degree; it's for lawyers]]''' [http://wrongingrights.blogspot.com/2009/01/should-you-go-to-law-school-not-unless.html "Should You Go to Law School? Not Unless You Want To Be a Lawyer." Wronging Rights. January 22, 2009]: "I know that you have heard that a J.D. is a 'great all-purpose degree,' but it isn't. That's a lie put about by parents who are trying to trick you into middle-class professionaldom and law schools who are trying to take your money. A J.D. is not an all-purpose degree, it is a law degree. It does not qualify you to become a diplomat, a 'senior policy advisor' to anything, a politician, a banker, an aid worker, a political operative, or any of those other jobs that seem like they might be a fun way to satisfy your West Wing fantasies. It qualifies you to be a lawyer, and it doesn't really even do that -there's still the pesky matter of the bar exam."||+||*'''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: 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.|
|*'''[[Debate: US debt ceiling deal| US debt ceiling deal]]''' - August 5th, 2011.||*'''[[Debate: US debt ceiling deal| US debt ceiling deal]]''' - August 5th, 2011.|
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