Controversial Issues in the News

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Designed to help students develop a greater understanding of current events.

Each month, we post a new issue, offering a balanced examination of Controversial Issues of the News. Issues are framed by a central question, and concise pro/con arguments, allowing students to move quickly from reading about the issue to discussing and debating it with their classmates.

What kinds of topics does this library explore?

  • Sentencing and Prison Reform: Should Congress pass the FIRST STEP Act?
  • Tariffs against China: Should the United States impose retaliatory tariffs against China?
  • Climate Change: How, if at all, should the United States work to combat climate change?

View all our 2018-19 topics. For the 2019-20 school year, new topics will be added every other week

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What are the additional resources included for teachers?

  • Debate formats to shape productive classroom discussions,
  • Assignments to move students from conceptual understanding to the practical application of ideas,
  • Project outlines for in-depth research and multi-tiered civic action, and
  • Thematic lesson plans for tying it all together.


For more information, please contact us at or 703-706-3410.