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We are all aware of the issues facing not only the country, but also the last week in Charlotte and even Gastonia. I was impressed with Huss students’ show of solidarity on Friday, 9/23 because things like that make people think.

The problem, though, is much bigger than police shootings and racial profiling. The problem is the bias which every American has from growing up in our culture.

This week, read the articles (please read, you will enjoy if you let yourself), cite them, and answer the questions: How do we as a society move into a world where skin tone doesn’t matter? What can you, and/or others do, to make this happen?

Understanding Racial Bias

Overcome Racism

Unconscious Racism

Within 20 years, parents will be able to choose DNA traits for their children. These traits will not be just for gender but everything from eye color, to height, to specific inherited talents.

Read these articles because they WILL apply to choices you will have to make in your adult life. Cite the articles, then answer the question: Would you consider this technology for your own child some day? Why, or why not?

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/nov/03/designer-baby-pgd-would-you-edit-your-unborn-child-genes-more-successful

http://www.livescience.com/27206-genetic-engineering-babies-debate.html

 

History is all about historical interpretation. Since we’ve been discussing WW1 and who caused it,this blog post will ask you to make a determination of YOUR opinion. Read the following articles, CITE THEM, and answer the ongoing historical debate – “What country caused WW1?”

http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/first-world-war/59782/how-did-the-first-world-war-start

 

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/germanys-superpower-quest-caused-world-war-i-10778

 

Welcome back to your and Gaston County’s last semester of IB! We are going to resume this blog this semester for two reasons. The most important is that it should force you to read and also to think. I will cover in class how I am going to grade these blog posts. Secondly, it allows me to enjoy reading your comments, because even though I’ve done this blog for years, I am always very impressed by the depth of thinking many of you exhibit.

For this blog post – all you have to do is create a blog account at WordPress (or log in one of their other ways) and post here with your name before MIDNIGHT ON THE DUE DATE!!

One note, if you can find a good, debatable topic with THREE good sources offering different perspective, I am happy to give extra credit if we use your topic.

No blog posts until after spring break – we all have a lot going on, seniors finalizing all IA’s and juniors working on IA in history. Enjoy the time off, READ SOMETHING!!!!!!

Many people told me they didnt know there was a blog post. Since we missed a couple of weeks due to winter weather, IB drama, etc, you can still reply to the previous blog post for credit by March 3, 2016 – so both are due on that date. Those who did it on time will get extra credit of 120 for that post last week.

Many of you know about the FBI attempting to get Apple to unlock the IPhone of the terrorist involved in the attack in San Bernadino. Apple is refusing to help. Read the articles and post your opinion, who do you agree with and why? READ the articles for credit and CITE THEM ALL. After that, extra credit for additional sources.

FPRI

BBC

Wired

I guess its time for politics again since the primary season is ramping up. One of the terms you will hear is “democratic socialism.” What exactly does this mean and why are Americans so afraid of it? To answer these questions, read the articles and watch the video and then reply – what do you like/dislike about the term? Would it work in America, why or why not?

Video explanation of democratic socialism

Dem-Soc Website explanation

Why is it feared?