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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.
     
     

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Past Class Journal entries are listed below:

  • Journal Entry #10: Guns in Public Schools

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you think that students and / or teachers should be allowed to carry firearms in school? Why or why not? Explain. To see more on this story from ABC News, click the provided link

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  • Journal Entry #9: Presidential Power

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should the Founding Fathers have been more specific when it came to the “executive powers” of the president? Why or why not? Explain". To see more on this story from Staurday Night Live, click the link provided

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  • Journal Entry #8: 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 #7: Who Should Oversee 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 #6: No More Two-Party System?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should the two-party system of the United States be abolished? Why or why not?" See video link for TV personality and third-party advocate Jessie Ventura's thoughts

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  • Journal Entry #5: 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 #4: 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 #3: The US Government & The Bailout

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you think President Obama's Keynesian-influenced decision for the US bailout in 2008 of the US auto industry was appropriate? Why or why not? Explain." Click the title link to see a report from the CBS Evening News on this issue
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  • Journal Entry #2: 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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  • Journal Entry #1: The Oppertunity Cost of NFL Injuries

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, how do you view the oppertunity cost of playing football verses the risk of injury? Is it worth it in the long run? Why or why not? Explain. To see more from the Freakenomics crew and the NFL, see the link provided

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