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Let’s Debate…Education Reform

Education reform, particularly federal spending on public education, has been a political hot-button issue since the 1960s. Questions that were asked then are the same that are debated now: Do the funds provided by the Department of Education improve students’ learning environments and opportunities, or do they simply allow states to decrease money allocated to education? Does federal funding advance education in public schools, or does it stifle public schools with regulations and oversight?

Check out Let’s Debate…Education Reform below for an overview of the topic. Also visit the SKS Spotlight of the Month, which explores the 2017-2018 National High School Debate Topic: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

 

SKS Spotlight on the 2014-2015 National High School Debate Topic: Oceans

Aerosolized dust is clearly visible in the satellite image and stretches across the Atlantic Ocean nearly continuously from Western Africa into the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. <br \> by SeaWIFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and ORBIMAGE, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter

Aerosolized dust is clearly visible in the satellite image and stretches across the Atlantic Ocean nearly continuously from Western Africa into the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
by SeaWIFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and ORBIMAGE, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Look at images of planet Earth. Underneath the cloud cover is a vast expanse of blue…the Earth’s oceans. Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface, comprise 97% of the Earth’s water, and harbor more life than lives on land. Yet most of the 3.5 million square miles of ocean waters remain unexplored. Reasons for this are many, and include the immense physical and technical difficulties of studying underwater environments, and the resulting financial considerations.

Should the United States government increase its investment in exploring the Earth’s oceans? This is the question asked by the 2014-2015 National High School Debate Topic and pondered by thousands of high-school students across the country. What are the pros of further research into the world’s oceans, and what are the cons of increasing government funding of their exploration? Would more study of our oceans broaden our understanding of the overall condition of the Earth and its atmosphere and provide us with solutions? Or would increased funds toward ocean research simply be a waste of capital that could be allocated to more significant endeavors?

July’s SKS Spotlight of the Month presents articles and Web sites that provide information on the Earth’s oceans and discuss outcomes of and thoughts about past ocean research. Investigate the issue for yourself. What do you think?