Contemporary Controversy – From Pro/Con

Controversial Current Events

Are you asking your students to write argumentative or persuasive essays and speeches? COMMON CORE ELA STANDARDS as well as other curriculum standards around the globe require that educators teach this kind of writing and speaking. Here’s an easy to access resource that presents arguments for both sides of current event issues. A good place to begin.

Check out this e-mail from regarding contemporary issues now in the news.  See arguments on both sides of the issues.

Dear reader, Check out our latest information about the presidential candidates, medical marijuana, lowering the drinking age, and more for teachers, Facebook fans, and news junkies.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA 16 States with Pending Legislation to Legalize Medical Marijuana – Bills that would legalize medical marijuana are being considered in 16 states in 2012. 10 bills carried over from 2011 in states that have two-year legislative sessions. One state, Delaware, passed medical marijuana in 2011. Medical marijuana has been legalized in 16 states and Washington, DC.

DRINKING AGE 40 States That Allow Underage (under 21) Alcohol Consumption – 40 US states have exceptions to allow underage consumption of alcohol under certain circumstances including medical, educational, or religious purposes. 10 states and the District of Columbia allow no exceptions in their underage alcohol consumption laws.

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2012 Presidential Candidate Summary Chart – See Gary Johnson (Libertarian), the five remaining Republican candidates (Gingrich, Paul, Roemer, Romney, and Santorum), and Barack Obama’s positions on 30 different issues in our side-by-side candidate summary chart.

 Should the wealthiest 1% of Americans be taxed more heavily? – Read the 2012 presidential candidates’ positions on this issue. Obama is Pro, all the Republicans are Con, and the Libertarian candidate is Not Clearly Pro or Con.

 Should the government continue to fund Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? – Read the 2012 presidential candidates’ positions on this issue. While none of the candidates are clearly Pro, three are Not Clearly Pro or Con, and four are Con.

 Is outsourcing jobs to other countries good for America? – Read the 2012 presidential candidates’ positions on this issue.

Should the US federal government have bailed out US private financial corporations like AIG, Bank of America, Citigroup, etc.? – Read the 2012 presidential candidates’ positions on this issue. Obama, Gingrich, and Romney are Pro, while Johnson, Paul, Roemer, and Santorum are Con.

 Are credit cards good for America? – Read the 2012 presidential candidates’ positions on this issue.

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