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Saturday, April 11, 2009

ProCon - Helping Students Evaluate Controversial Topics

ProCon looks like it could be a great resource for anyone that teaches current events, political science, or public policy. ProCon takes controversial current topics, posts a "core question" about the topic, provides an overview of the topic, and provides background information on the controversial topic. Then ProCon presents short articles and news quotes from both sides of the "core question."

ProCon provides students with a balanced look at controversial topics such as Illegal Immigration, Euthenasia, and bailouts of big corporations. ProCon categrorizes topics as Business, Politics, Science, Health, Law, Religion, Sex & Gender, and Sports.

Applications for Education
ProCon's mission statement claims that its purpose is to "promote critical thinking skills, education, and informed citizenship." ProCon does a good job of providing balanced information that could help students make informed decisions. I can see ProCon being a good reference for students who are participating in debates or writing persuasive essays on controversial topics.

A related resource that may be of interest to you is Big Think.

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Links You Might Have Missed - Economics Lessons

This 12th installment of the "Links You Might Have Missed" series focuses on resources for teaching about economics. The previous installments in this series featured resources for Science, Math, Language Arts, Foreign Language, Google Earth, Digital Presentations, History, College Planning, Geography, and History.

Here are ten economics resources that you might have missed the first time they were posted.
1. Who are the G-20?
2. Financial Glossary for Students
3. Investing in Plain English
4. How Much is One Trillion Dollars?
5. The Crisis of Credit Visualized
6. Economic Education Resources from the IMF
7. Understanding the Financial Crisis from Say It Visually
8. Saving Money in Plain English and Other Economics Lessons
9. The History of Credit Cards in the United States
10. The Story of Stuff

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