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Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT?

Are You Ready for the Post-College SAT? | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
Next spring, seniors at about 200 U.S. colleges will take a new test that could prove more important to their future than final exams: an SAT-like assessment that aims to cut through grade-point averages and judge students' real value to employers.
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What are the possible implications of seniors at colleges taking a test that could prove to be more important than any other final?

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Any Job Recovery Won’t Last Without Fixing the U.S. Education System

Any Job Recovery Won’t Last Without Fixing the U.S. Education System | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
I’ve referenced several times the good work that Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce is doing in predicting the educational preparedness (or lack thereof) of …...
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Big Tobacco airs e-cigarette TV ads as FDA readies rules

Big Tobacco airs e-cigarette TV ads as FDA readies rules | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Should electronic cigarettes be restricted? The U.S. government is moving toward regulating these battery-powered devices, saying it doesn't know what's inside them nor why some have exploded.

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Looks like the e-cigarette needed more exploration before it was released.  Now the question is should e-cigarettes be restricted?

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'Fat letters' worry students, parents and experts

'Fat letters' worry students, parents and experts | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
A growing initiative by some schools across the country has students and parents up in arms: the schools are measuring students at an annual weigh-in, and sending reports home telling parents whether their child's body mass index is healthy or...
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What are the possible implications of schools weighing students and sending out "fat letters"?

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Hawaii's homeless offered a one-way ticket out of town

Hawaii's homeless offered a one-way ticket out of town | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Hawaii's "Return to Home" program offers the island's homeless population a free one-way ticket to their home state in the continental U.S.

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Another measure taken by a different state to handle homeless populations.  Hawaii will offer a one-way ticket to their home state in the U.S.

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Website clamps down on bullying after teenage suicides

Website clamps down on bullying after teenage suicides | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

Online social network Ask.fm said on Monday it would clamp down on bullying after coming under fire from child safety campaigners for a string of suicides in Britain that were linked to the website popular with teenagers.

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What might happen as a direct result of an online social network clamping down on bullying after a number of suicides?

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One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others: poll

One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others: poll | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
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The article describes the trend as an epidemic.  "Epidemic" is one of our search words that screams for an implications wheel.

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Seated sobriety test, tougher laws take aim at drunken boaters

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This issue can be done on two different wheels; one based on the trend of increased drunken boaters and on the implications of implementing tougher laws.

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Push for Outdoor Smoking Bans

Push for Outdoor Smoking Bans | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

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What are the implications of passing outdoor smoking bans?  Multiple points of view here.  This could be done for a business alone, as a patron, or even cities and towns considering these bans.

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As PED-Day looms, will it deter drugs in baseball?

As PED-Day looms, will it deter drugs in baseball? | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
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Pretty good article taking a look at many of the implications of PED use in baseball.

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Yahoo!

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Alex Rodriguez, MLB players, teams, managers, owners, and investors need to be doing multiple Implications Wheels on the impact on the sport and its fans.

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Medical Pot: A Drugmaker Bets on Marijuana to Treat Diabetes, Epilepsy, and More

Medical Pot: A Drugmaker Bets on Marijuana to Treat Diabetes, Epilepsy, and More | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
GW Pharmaceuticals' entire drug pipeline is derived from pot that it grows in southeastern England
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What are the possible implications of medical marijuana being used to treat diabetes, epilepsy and others?

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Parents Who Support Easing Marijuana Laws Want it Illegal for Those Under 21 | The Partnership at Drugfree.org

Parents Who Support Easing Marijuana Laws Want it Illegal for Those Under 21 | The Partnership at Drugfree.org | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
A nonprofit organization working toward a vision where all teens and young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
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This is another legalizing marijuana wheel.  The implications of making marijuana legal for those 21 years and older.

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Here’s Why Bullies Are Taking Over Your Organization

Here’s Why Bullies Are Taking Over Your Organization | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve heard plenty about bullies in the workplace. You’ve heard how bad it is.
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The implications of organizational bullying.

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2 girls arrested on bullying charges after suicide

2 girls arrested on bullying charges after suicide | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
Florida authorities have arrested two girls -- as and 12 -- on charges of felony aggravated stalking for allegedly bullying a 12-year-old girl who jumped to her death last month from an abandoned cement factory tower.
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More and more implications of cyber bullying continue to ripple...

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Social-Media Schooling Is on the Rise – But Is It Necessary?

Social-Media Schooling Is on the Rise – But Is It Necessary? | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
The University of Florida is offering a graduate program dedicated to social media -- but is a degree necessary?
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The implications of offering programs based on "social media"

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Bullying Prevention May Have Unintended Consequences

Bullying Prevention May Have Unintended Consequences | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
School-based anti-bullying initiatives have become standard across the country, but a new study finds that the programs may increase the risk that a child may
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Even the prevention of bullying carries "unintended consequences"

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South Carolina approves plan to exile its homeless

South Carolina approves plan to exile its homeless | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
Homeless people in Columbia, South Carolina will have to choose between leaving the downtown area or getting arrested.
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What are the possible implications of South Carolina planning to exile all of its homeless people by preventing them from going downtown?

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WORKPLACE BULLYING...A LEADERSHIP TRAGEDY

WORKPLACE BULLYING...A LEADERSHIP TRAGEDY | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
Many studies now indicate that workplace bullying is a very real, all-too-common and incredibly harmful practice in workplaces world-wide.  Here are some shocking statistics: Jacqueline Power of th...
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Workplace bullying needs to be explored!

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Big pharma's role in meth production

Big pharma's role in meth production | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
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This is definitely a wheel that should have been explored when the trend of at home meth labs began to increase dramatically.  However; a wheel can still be done based on "what are the possible implications of making pseudoephedrine (main ingrediant in meth) a prescription drug?"

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Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
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What are the possible implications of changing certain drug laws in the criminal justice system?

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The U.S. military has a problem with atheists

The U.S. military has a problem with atheists | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
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What are the possible implications of the U.S. military having a lack of loss of spiritual faith?

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Where's the beef? Fast-food workers in walkout to protest low wages

Where's the beef? Fast-food workers in walkout to protest low wages | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
Workers at fast food restaurants in seven cities across America are planning to walk off the job Monday to protest what they say are wages that are too low to live on. 
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What are the possible implications of workers at fast food restaurants in seven citities planning to walk off the job Monday?

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Bath Salts Could be More Addictive Than Meth, Rat Study Suggests

Bath Salts Could be More Addictive Than Meth, Rat Study Suggests | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it
A nonprofit organization working toward a vision where all teens and young people will be able to live their lives free of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.
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What are the possible implications of bath salts being more addicting than meth?

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Should Barnes & Noble Turn into a Mini-Mall?

Should Barnes & Noble Turn into a Mini-Mall? | Exploring Current Issues | Scoop.it

The struggling bookseller's long-shot strategy options.  This has some excellent information on the paradigm shift in bookselling.  But it's also a great example of an issue that needs to be explored.  When an organization is in "survival" mode it often fails to take a good look over the horizon of time to really understand the consequences, both positive and negative, of the situation.

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What are the possible implications of Barnes & Noble changing their store format into a Mini-Mall?

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