At the end of this school year, we will devote our class periods to a structured, formal debate of three policy proposals related to our contemporary social and economic safety net.  The purpose of this activity is to develop essential skills a citizen should possess in a republican democracy: critical thinking, active listening, and public speaking.  In order to do that, I will divide the class into teams, each of which will be assigned either the affirmative (yes) or negative (no) side of a debatable question.  Each team will research and prepare a brief supporting their side of the assigned issue, as well as devise counter arguments in anticipation of their opponent’s case.  The questions we will be debating are:

Overall, has the rise of the “sharing economy” been beneficial for America?

Overall, is the increased use of social media across age groups a positive development?

Overall, does Artificial Intelligence pose a significant threat to humans?


Databases – use the basic idea for the keyword search

Google News- use important keywords for searching. You can also limit search to specific website. Ex. [universal basic income]. Further refine this by entering a custom date range under “Search tools” and change “Any time” to custom range.  Limit to past 10 years.