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Invasion of the Drones

Invasion of the Drones | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
These unmanned aircraft may soon be delivering pizza to your
doorstep, but drones also raise some serious questions
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The Real Reasons We Explore Space

The Real Reasons We Explore Space | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
Ambition, curiosity, and a reason the NASA Administrator admits has nothing to do with economic benefit.
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Why civilian drone use is a risky business | Fox News

Why civilian drone use is a risky business | Fox News | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, is increasing in both the military and civil sectors. Although we are used to the concept of military drones, commercial and civil use of the technology is still evolving.
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Do Clothes Make the Student? - New York Times

Do Clothes Make the Student? - New York Times | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
As more schools require uniforms, debate swirls over their effectiveness.
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How do school uniforms promote safety in schools?

 

How are school uniforms cost-effective for families?

 

In what ways do school uniforms raise achievement levels in students? 

 

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Who's watching you online? FTC pushes 'Do Not Track' plan

Who's watching you online? FTC pushes 'Do Not Track' plan | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
Online 'behavioral tracking' is used to target online advertising, but the potential for abuse is enormous. The FTC wants to create a 'Do Not Track' program to protect Internet users' privacy.
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Time for a Raise?

Time for a Raise? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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How has the current cost of living increased over time?

 

How would raising the minimum wage hurt the small business owner?

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Teen tracking apps: Good parenting or risky?

Teen tracking apps: Good parenting or risky? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
A number of parental tracking apps and services exist for monitoring teen activity on smartphones: MamaBear, Life306, Canary, and My Mobile Watchdog, to name a few. Some parents say using these services is a sign of good parenting, yet psychologists and privacy experts warn that there are pros and cons and parents should weigh them before signing up.
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Possible Research Questions:

 

What are the benefits of tracking children?


How effective are current tracking devices/apps?


Does technology change too quickly to make tracking worthwhile?

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The Great Homework Debate

The Great Homework Debate | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
Homework - and how much or how little is appropriate for kids - is a hot topic with educators and parents alike. Read both sides of this hot topic in SJ Magazine.
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How does the use of homework increase academic achievement?

 

How does homework infringe upon quality family time?

 

How do the benefits of homework change depending upon the age of the student?

 

 

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Should states ban junk food in schools? | Scholastic.com

Should states ban junk food in schools? | Scholastic.com | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
In response to rising obesity rates nationally, 16 states have recently adopted school nutrition policies
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Possible Research Questions: 

How does the sale of candy and soda benefit schools?


How does removing candy and soda from schools decrease consumption of these items by students?


How does the removal of junk food from schools promote healthier eating habits among students?
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Should candy and soda be banned from schools?

Should candy and soda be banned from schools? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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Do school libraries still need books?

Do school libraries still need books? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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What services do libraries provide patrons?

 

How do digital alternatives to books save money?

 

How does digital reading effect the brain?

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Is football too dangerous?

Is football too dangerous? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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What technological advances are making football safer?


How many football injuries happen each year?


How severe are football injuries?


How does training football coaches, players, parents about the risks and signs of injury help reduce the dangers associated with football?

 

 

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Should boys and girls be educated separately?

Should boys and girls be educated separately? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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What are the benefits of separate education for boys and girls? negatives?


How do boys and girls learn differently?

 How does the school climate change with same gender schools?
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Should Police Wear Body Cameras?

Should Police Wear Body Cameras? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
While video can tell us a lot about encounters between the police and the public, body cams also raise concerns about privacy.
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Freakonomics » Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost? A Freakonomics Quorum

Freakonomics » Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost? A Freakonomics Quorum | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it

Why explore? Asked why he kept trying to climb Everest, English mountaineer George Mallory reputedly replied, “Because it was there.” Exploration is intrinsic to our nature.

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Although this is older, it has opinions from very noted people and worth looking at to examine the issues.

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The drone debate: Does the coming swarm of flying gadgets require new privacy laws?

The drone debate: Does the coming swarm of flying gadgets require new privacy laws? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
While the Federal Aviation Administration is being sued because its proposed drone policy doesn't address privacy, others argue that unmanned aerial vehicles don't require new privacy standards, saying that existing laws are enough.
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How does private drone usage pose a threat to civilians?

 

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Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society.
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Possible research questions:

 

How does social media lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation?

 

In what ways does social media benefit social and business interactions? 

 

How has social media become a the new form of bullying?

 

 

 

 

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Commentary: Why not prohibit smoking? - CNN.com

Commentary: Why not prohibit smoking? - CNN.com | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
Cigarettes kill; 400,000 people die prematurely every year from smoking. When we analyze the harm from drugs, there is no doubt that cigarettes are the worst.
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What are the health risks of smoking (to the smoker and nonsmoker)?


How will banning smoking create a black market?


How many people are employed by the smoking industry?


How will a ban on tobacco farming effect the economy and livelihood of farmers?

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Are online classes a good idea? : A million American students are now taking online courses | The Virtual High School

Are online classes a good idea? : A million American students are now taking online courses | The Virtual High School | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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Possible research questions:

 

How does online learning save school districts money?

 

How effective is virtual learning for a high school (middle school) student?


How do online learners miss out on important peer and social interactions? 

 

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BBC - Ethics: Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide

BBC - Ethics: Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of a person for the benefit of that person. In most cases euthanasia is carried out because the person who dies asks for it, but there are cases called euthanasia where a person can't make such a request.
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Possible Research Questions

 

Has terminal care become excessively costly?

 

How do medical advances prolong life past a point worth living?

 

How might legalized euthanasia lead to involuntary euthanasia? (How might legalized euthanasia lead to abuse/murder?)

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Is it too easy to get a gun in America?

Is it too easy to get a gun in America? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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Do gun laws reduce crime?


How do current gun laws protect US citizens? Why do other countries with stricter gun laws have a reduction in gun related crimes? 
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Should the Driving Age Be Raised?

Should the Driving Age Be Raised? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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How do safe driving practices and Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws help improve the driving quality of teens?


How does teenage behavior put them at greater risk as drivers?


What are the statistics of driving accidents amongst teenage drivers?


What are the insurance costs of teenage drivers?

 

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Is being online changing the way your brain works?

Is being online changing the way your brain works? | 7th Grade Debate Articles | Scoop.it
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Possible research questions:

 

What are the negative effects of high levels of online activity upon teenagers?

Does social media/online activity make teens antisocial and disconnected?

Do high levels of online activity make teens less focused?
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