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STEM, Evil Scientists, and Evil Social Scientists
01/19/2019
STEM, Evil Scientists, and Evil Social Scientists

STEM, Evil Scientists, and Evil Social Scientists

Earlier posts have discussed the three announced motions for the The Winter Holidays Open in Zagreb. (STEM searching, Enviro cost accounting, Poor environmental accounting, 100% Inhe…

Debate Central
02/25/2018
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"I was expecting the doctor to uncover a mild learning disorder and recommend cognitive and organizational strategies. Instead, she told me she wanted him to go on an ADHD medication 'trial,' during which she planned to re-test our son to see if his scores improved. At no point did she discuss classroom management or behavioral strategies in addition to or in lieu of the immediate prescription of medication."

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/02/14/were-getting-adhd-wrong-especially-in-boys.html

"Instead, the district gave ChiTech a year to turn things around. As part of the deal, they partnered with High Tech Hig...
08/27/2017
How Student Internships Saved a Chicago School

"Instead, the district gave ChiTech a year to turn things around. As part of the deal, they partnered with High Tech High, a San Diego-based charter-school network and a national leader in project-based learning."

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/08/how-student-internships-saved-a-chicago-school/537642/

Once on the verge of closing, Chicago Technology Academy has turned itself around with a “real-world” educational initiative.

"They found that China’s “aggressive restructuring led to the layoffs of 45 million workers between 1995 and 2002, inclu...
11/07/2016
The U.S./China Trade Debate and Populist Backlash « Debate Central | Free Debate Resources

"They found that China’s “aggressive restructuring led to the layoffs of 45 million workers between 1995 and 2002, including 36 million from the state sector.” If China’s entrance to the WTO was about “stealing jobs,” it certainly got off to a bad start. Even in the world’s most populous country, those tens of millions of lost jobs had a big effect."

http://debate-central.ncpa.org/the-u-s-china-trade-debate-and-populist-backlash/

Economists Tyler Cowen & Noah Smith at Bloomberg are “Debating Free Trade and the Populist Backlash” (November 1, 2016 1:16 PM EDT).

07/22/2016
CX Topic Overview – China’s Relationship with North & South Korea « Debate Central | Free Debate Resources

The first topic overview for the 2016-2017 CX resolution has been released! Read about China's Relationship with North & South Korea.

http://debate-central.ncpa.org/cx-topic-overview-chinas-relationship-with-north-south-korea/

To prepare for the upcoming CX debate topic, Debate Central has compiled a list of topic overviews that address certain aspects of the resolution. The first topic overview explains China’s ever shifting relationship with North & South Korea. Prepare yourself before the season starts by reading our t...

If you're headed to Salt Lake City for the National Speech & Debate Association National Debate Tournament this June, we...
05/19/2016
NSDA Nationals 2016 PF Topic Analysis is Now Published!- One-Day Presidential Primary Reform «...

If you're headed to Salt Lake City for the National Speech & Debate Association National Debate Tournament this June, we can help you write your best possible cases!

Our 100% FREE topic guide covers everything you need to know about the one-day presidential primary resolution, plus plenty of ready-to-use evidence for both pro and con sides of the debate.

What are you waiting for? Make the most of your pre-Nats prep!

This article offers an argument that many PF pro teams might find useful: that balancing and deterrence-based strategies...
03/07/2016
South China Sea | RealClearDefense

This article offers an argument that many PF pro teams might find useful: that balancing and deterrence-based strategies are ineffective at countering Chinese aggression.

China is once again causing concern in the South China Sea, this time by moving surface-to-air missiles to the Paracel Islands. Over several years, this dispute has evolved into a clash of opposing...

"The probability of ISIS detonating some form of dirty bomb is high." They might acquire nuclear materials through a num...
03/06/2016
Assessing the Risk of an ISIS “Dirty Bomb” - Foreign Policy Blogs

"The probability of ISIS detonating some form of dirty bomb is high." They might acquire nuclear materials through a number of channels:

ISIS’ potential acquisition of radioactive material puts forward a scenario in which the extremist group may try to produce and use a “dirty bomb”.

"group of top foreign policy experts" from America and Japan want U.S. military presence in Okinawa expanded to counter ...
03/05/2016
US and Japan urged to beef up military alliance as China rises - FT.com

"group of top foreign policy experts" from America and Japan want U.S. military presence in Okinawa expanded to counter a rising China:

The US and Japan should set up new military headquarters for missions to defend Okinawa and other islands as part of a broad revamp of their alliance, according to a group of top foreign policy experts from both countries. Japanese officers should

Encryption is "vital" for human rights, free expression, privacy, & "safeguards the internet economy":
03/04/2016
U.S. DoJ pressure on Apple will undermine encryption, harm human rights

Encryption is "vital" for human rights, free expression, privacy, & "safeguards the internet economy":

The DOJ’s request here would pave the way for government to compel companies to build in any number of vulnerabilities, which weakens our digital security infrastructure and, ultimately, hurts users while doing nothing to stop or prevent criminal activity.

An article discussing the probability and magnitude of a WMD attack by terrorists:
03/02/2016
ISIS' Chemical Weapons

An article discussing the probability and magnitude of a WMD attack by terrorists:

Terrorists have long been interested in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. Given that ISIS could be in possession of some form of weapons of mass destruction and has threatened to use them against the West, Western governments should take notice.

What are the most pressing threats to global peace & stability in 2016?
01/10/2016
The Crisis Manager’s Cheat Sheet for 2016

What are the most pressing threats to global peace & stability in 2016?

Next year will have no shortage of war and conflict. Now’s the time to start setting priorities.

"The National Rifle Association (NRA) would have you believe that guns stop murders. The gun control lobby would have yo...
01/09/2016
The facts that neither side wants to admit about gun control

"The National Rifle Association (NRA) would have you believe that guns stop murders. The gun control lobby would have you believe that gun control reduces murders. They are both wrong. Gun bans have always had the same effect once implemented: none. They do not create a (sustained) period of increased murders, nor do they reduce the rate of homicides."

When you stop manipulating facts, it's really pretty simple.

TOMORROW is the DEADLINE to enter to win our $9,000 scholarship contest! Don't miss out!
01/04/2016

TOMORROW is the DEADLINE to enter to win our $9,000 scholarship contest! Don't miss out!

Debate tournaments finished up, holiday break officially beginning. Current mood:
12/27/2015

Debate tournaments finished up, holiday break officially beginning. Current mood:

Terrorist plots are becoming more coordinated, sophisticated, & dangerous:
12/19/2015
The Era of Jihadist Amateurism Might Be Over

Terrorist plots are becoming more coordinated, sophisticated, & dangerous:

Islamic State fighters who return from Syria may not be the sometimes bumbling bombers of past years, as the Paris attacks showed.

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