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    During the course of the semester, students in Mr. Huesken's class will be required to keep a running journal of topics, questions, and prompts, developed by Mr. H, as a running log of some of the controversial and varied topics we will be discussing in class. The idea behind this project is to foster more independent thinking and classroom debate among students and also present topics that might not fit into a regular lesson.
     
    While student stories, prompts, and topics come from a variety of backgrounds and sources, Mr. Huesken provides a running log of the journal entries below to better ensure students are keeping up with the topics and making up assignments when they are missed. Please click the links below for additional information.
     
     
     
     
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Past Class Journal entries are listed below:

  • Jounral Entry #10: Is the "Elastic Clause" Necessary?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you think the Founding Fathers made the right decision by including such an open-ended clause in Article I as the “Necessary and Proper” Clause? Why or why not? Explain." No video link needed for this topic; just a review of our discussion from class

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  • Journal Entry #9: Is the Constitution Obsolete?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you agree or disagree with Professor Seidman's argument on the US Constitution? Why or why not? Explain." To see Professor Seidman's full statement from CBS News, click the provided link

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  • Journal Entry #8: The Proper Place of Thomas Jefferson

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you think Thomas Jefferson is a hypocrite when it came to the Enlightenment ideals that he popularized? Is he still worthy of rememberance as a great American (or enlightened) Founding Father? Why or why not? Explain. Click the provided link for a refresher on this story from CBS Sunday Morning

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  • Journal Entry #7: Should Everyone in the US Vote?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should everyone in the US be allowed and encouraged to vote? Why or why not? Explain." To see more on this topic and the opinion of John Stossel's on this subject, click the title link

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  • Journal Entry #6: Local Control vs. Federal Control of Elections

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should the control over elections remain with the states or are new Federal controls needed to combat voter fraud? Explain." Click the link for our debrief report from The New York Times

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  • Journal Entry #5: Divided America?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you think that America is as divide ideologically as it appears and is this divide healthy for our political system? Why or why not? Explain." Click the link for our debrief report from BBC News

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  • Journal Entry #4: Fast Food Unions?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should minimum wage fast food workers be allowed to unionize and negotiate wages / health benefits? Why or why not? Explain." Click the link to see an introductiory news clip from VOA News

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  • Journal Entry #3: Could the Stock Market Be Rigged?

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    Consider the following question: "With the use of high-frequency (online) trading, do you think the Stock Market is something that can be rigged? Why or why not? Explain." Click the video link provided to see more on this story from CNN Money

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  • Journal Entry #2: Is Social Media Speech, Free Speech?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should speech posted on social media be protected speech, even if it is violent? Why or why not? Explain." Click the title link to see a video report on this topic from CNN Politics

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  • Journal Entry #1: Is Socialism Making a Comback?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, given the poor image of the US economy since 2008 and recent political events, could socialism be making a comback in 2016 and beyond? Why or why not? Explain." Click the title link to see a video report on this topic from CCTV News

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