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|-||*'''<big>[[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook| Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]]</big>''' - August 29th, 2011. Minnesota just enacted a law that bans exclusive relationships and communications between teachers and students via social networks like Facebook. Other states, the nation, and the world consider the debate.||+||*'''<big>[[Debate: Keystone XL US-Canada oil pipeline]]</big>''' - September 2nd, 2011. The Obama Administration must decide whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada's Alberta Pipeline and US refineries. This is a debate marked by large protests in front of the White House.|
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|-||*'''PRO: [[Argument: Exclusive teacher-student communications have edu value| Exclusive teacher-student communications have edu value]]''' [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/missouri-facebook-law_n_916716.html "Missouri 'Facebook Law' Limits Teacher-Student Interactions Online, Draws Criticism And Praise." Huffington Post. August 3rd, 2011]: "critics argue that a student struggling with 'Hamlet,' for instance, misses a learning opportunity when he or she sees a teacher on IM and can't send a message. Or a student who is too shy to raise his hand in class might prefer to email his teacher, but might not feel comfortable knowing his parents or a member of the administration might be reading the email as well."||+||*'''PRO: US pipeline strategically taps huge Canadian oil reserves.''' Brad Carson, the director of the National Energy Policy Institute, said to Living on Earth in June of 2011: "It is now estimated that Canada has the world’s second largest oil reserves, only after Saudi Arabia. So, from purely the perspective of the oil market, Canada’s role and the United States’ interests in those tar sands is a very important one - a very important public policy issue for this nation."[http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=11-P13-00023&segmentID=4]|
|-||*'''CON: Exclusive teacher-student relationships are inappropriate.''' Charol Shakeshaft, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University: "Exclusive and private contact with your students isn't educationally necessary. In the same way that in a school we would say, 'No, you may not lock yourself into a room with a student,' this law effectively says, 'No you may not lock yourself into a website where only you can get to the student.' [...] Anything I need to do as a teacher I can do in a public space or a space that can be accessed by people. If I need to be doing it completely in private, then I shouldn't be doing it."[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/missouri-facebook-law_n_916716.html]||+||*'''CON: [[Argument: Keystone XL will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions| Keystone XL will significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions]]''' [http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/energy-a-environment/171321-the-proposed-keystone-xl-pipeline-will-be-built-responsibly?page=2 Russell K. Girling, TransCanada Corporation. "The proposed Keystone XL pipeline will be built responsibly." The Hill. July 13th, 2011]: "The Canadian government insists that it has found ways to reduce those emissions. But a new report from Canada’s environmental ministry shows how great the impact of the tar sands will be in the coming years, even with cleaner production methods. It projects that Canada will double its current tar sands production over the next decade to more than 1.8 million barrels a day. That rate will mean cutting down some 740,000 acres of boreal forest — a natural carbon reservoir. Extracting oil from tar sands is also much more complicated than pumping conventional crude oil out of the ground. It requires steam-heating the sands to produce a petroleum slurry, then further dilution. One result of this process, the ministry says, is that greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector as a whole will rise by nearly one-third from 2005 to 2020 — even as other sectors are reducing emissions."|
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|+||*'''[[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook| Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]]''' - September 2nd, 2011.|
|*'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 2011.||*'''[[Debate: Law school| Law school]]''' - August 29th, 2011.|
|*'''[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]''' - August 9th, 2011.||*'''[[Debate: Balanced budget amendment to US Constitution| Balanced budget amendment]]''' - August 9th, 2011.|
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