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What It Means if the Death Penalty Is Dying

What It Means if the Death Penalty Is Dying | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Last week, lawmakers in New Hampshire heard testimony on a bill outlawing the death penalty. If passed, the law would make New Hampshire the 19th state to abolish capital punishment. The United States, the only country in the Americas to practice the death penalty last year, executed 39 people, four fewer than the year before, and Texas accounted for 41 percent of them, according to Amnesty International.

As executions become concentrated in fewer and fewer states and racial disparities continue, does the application of capital punishment make it unconstitutionally cruel and unusual?
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An Outsider's Perspective Can Drive Innovation

An Outsider's Perspective Can Drive Innovation | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
There is immense value in an outsider’s perspective in innovation because they don’t have blinders on. Outsiders can make new connections, and will question the dogma within a certain industries’ walled garden.
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The Water Crisis in the West

The Water Crisis in the West | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
With water increasingly scarce in the drought-ravaged American West, many states could face drastic rationing without rain.

Even with more sustainable practices, the future of water in the West is not secure. Population growth, conflicting demands for resources, and the unpredictable nature of a changing climate will all exacerbate the crisis of an already parched landscape.

What are the best ways to share the water? And how can we ensure it lasts for the foreseeable future?
Sharrock's insight:
This is a discussion by essay. People wrote their responses to the topic: water crisis, What are the best ways to share the water? And how can we ensure it lasts for the foreseeable future (sustainability)? This is useful for students to experience authentic writing and production because responses are made public. Students also need to better understand the various ways of looking at a problem, the differing perspectives and development of argument. Reviewing these responses, and responses like these, can help prepare students for the writing of a research project. 

Since this is also based around an earth science topic, science teachers can use this to introduce how science influences society and politics. The sharing or control of a limited resource is not just about economics, but while focusing on the resource rather than on money or currency, students can begin to see economics and politics differently. The problem becomes complicated and difficult to answer, and students can begin to understand the limits of certainty. 
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