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Free the Kids

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Teenagers receiving life sentences without parole is a rarity around the world, but it does happen in America. Could that be changing?
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Something to share with secondary school students during a discussion of fairness or laws in the US versus the laws in other countries.

 

from the article:

Why you should care

Because when you’re still in your teen years, should your ”permanent record” be that permanent?



Read more: Life Without Parole | Acumen | OZY 

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New Mortgage Rules Take Effect in 2014

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Starting January 10, banks will be required by law to ensure that borrowers can truly afford the home loans they’ll be issued.
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What Does GMO Labeling Mean For You?

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Not many food-conscious types are too excited about eating genetically-modified organisms. Whether a food has been engineered for herbicide-tolerance or to produce its own insecticide, the idea of eating something bred in a lab sounds a little freaky, right? Washington voters did not approve Initiative 522 in elections this Tuesday–but if they did, they would have been the first state to enact labeling requirements for foods with genetically engineered ingredients.

 



Cited from: What Does GMO Labeling Mean For You? http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/politics/gmo-labeling-mean.html#ixzz2llKaNIrM

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This is something a science or social studies teacher in secondary schools might find useful as a common core non-fiction resource. It is informative about genetically-modified food, legal information, and science with legal connections are valuable. Students might discuss pros and cons of GMOs and may possibly discuss Monsanto (http://www.monsanto.com/Pages/default.aspx) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsanto in terms of genetically modified food controversies. This is a case also of law and policiy-making trying to keep up with technological innovations. 

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Legal Intelligence

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There are a lot of great resources for primary law online, both free and fee. However, to get legal analysis and cutting edge thinking on current legal topics there are also some great resources for free online.

Via Bonnie Hohhof
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We should expose students to these kinds of resources as part of their common core learning pursuits. They do two things: these resources introduce students to laws, making connections between the government and citizenship. The second takewaway from reading these resources is the exposure to critical thinking. People need to learn that laws are interpreted and applied, not simply memorized and followed. Teachers can facilitate the learning of vocabulary, "context", logic, and reasoning. Students might also begin to access their imaginations, exploring how laws might impact their lives. People observe a great deal but don't know how to reflect on those experiences within domains. Psychology and sociology can focus some of that reflection, using vocabulary terms, models, and theory, Occassionally, a gifted teacher might find ways to apply maths. This isn't only about rational thinking. It is also about developing social and emotional intelligence.

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We should expose students to these kinds of resources as part of their common core learning pursuits. They do two things: these resources introduce students to laws, making connections between the government and citizenship. The second takewaway from reading these resources is the exposure to critical thinking. People need to learn that laws are interpreted and applied, not simply memorized and followed. Teachers can facilitate the learning of vocabulary, "context", logic, and reasoning. Students might also begin to access their imaginations, exploring how laws might impact their lives. People observe a great deal but don't know how to reflect on those experiences within domains. Psychology and sociology can focus some of that reflection, using vocabulary terms, models, and theory, Occassionally, a gifted teacher might find ways to apply maths. This isn't only about rational thinking. It is also about developing social and emotional intelligence.

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DMV gears up to adapt rules of road for driverless cars | Top Stories | FresnoBee.com

DMV gears up to adapt rules of road for driverless cars | Top Stories | FresnoBee.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO -- Google's self-driving car had already logged hundreds of thousands of miles on Bay Area roads before Gov.
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Could be engaging talking about the problems with introducing a new technology to the public. Especially in this situation where so many lives can be impacted. What if school buses became autonomous? What if an autonomous truck crashes in a school zone? This discussion could be focused within the boundaries of this article--safety, regulation, licensing, innovation.

 

The complexities are getting interesting. I didn't think about rain and snow driving. I wonder how these cars will perform. Since Google is involved, I just assumed that privacy was out the window, especially considering the use of Google Maps and Google Now in logging one's location. I like the questions about minors being allowed/licensed to "drive". What is that going to even mean now when the car is driving itself? 

 

"The process is just getting started, but signs of tension have already emerged between state regulators and carmakers who want wide latitude to test their inventions on California roads."


Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/05/27/3316499/dmv-gears-up-to-adapt-rules-of.html?sf13291628=1&sf13546551=1#storylink=cpy
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Civil Forfeiture: Legal Looting?

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While civil forfeiture has a place on our law books, should it be at the expense of upstanding citizens?
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Marooned at an airport... then what?

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After being marooned at Almaty's international airport for more than five months, Palestinian Mohammed al-Bahish now enjoys his newly found freedom in Finland.
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Keeping the NSA in Perspective

Keeping the NSA in Perspective | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Programs such as PRISM begin modestly but turn dangerous when left unchecked.
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There are some interesting points argued here. It might be useful as a nonfictional text that could drive discussions in secondary and post secondary social studies classes.

 

Are there any fallacies to identify in this paper?  

 

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Media shield law moves forward - USA TODAY

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Media shield law moves forward
USA TODAY
A bill that would allow journalists to protect the identity of confidential sources moved forward Thursday after lawmakers reached agreement on the tricky question of just who is a journalist.
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Interesting question: Who is a journalist?

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Copyright, Technology and Education

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And so to Cork, for the Irish Learning Technology Association's 14th annual education technology conference on the theme of "Opening up Education – Content, Learning and Collaboration". I will be t...
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