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    During the course of the semester, students in Mr. Huesken's 12th Grade Government and Economics 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.
     
     
     

Past Class Journal entries are listed below:

  • Journal Entry #6: 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 #5: Debt Collectors

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    Consider the following questions: In your opinion, are the aggressive tactics of debt collectors justified? Who is at fault for America's personal debt? The collector or the debtor? Explain. Click the video link to ABC News & former 20/20 contributor John Stossel's take
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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: Excise Taxes: Revenue Builder or Behavior Changer?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, are excise taxes (or any taxes) more about reaising revenue or changing behavior? Explain your answer." To see more on this topic from the new "sin tax" on soda proposed in Philadelphia, click the title link

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  • Journal Entry #2: Is Price Gouging Wrong?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, is price gouging during a time of natural disaster a good thing? Why or why not?" To see video report for VOA News on this subject, click the title link

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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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