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Research Questions by Topic - Environmental Issues  

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  • Abstinence programs- Do they work?

  • Advertising- Should certain kinds of ads be banned in the interest of health/morality/annoyance – alcohol, cigarettes, prescription meds, etc…?

  • Africa- Why so many wars? What’s the solution?

  • Airplane accidents- Who is responsible? Should families of victims be entitled to compensation?

  • Airport security- Should the government use invasive pat-downs and body scans to ensure passenger safety or are there better methods?

  • Al Qaida- Has U.S. policy actually spread terrorism rather than contain it? Will it get better or worse? Why and how?

  • Alcohol- Should the U.S. lower the drinking age to 18?

  • Animal rights- Should it be illegal to use animals for sports and entertainment?

  • Arming pilots- Good idea?

  • Art- A few years ago, an artist was criticized for depicting the Virgin Mary with elephant dung. When is art not really art?

  • Athletes in high schools- Should shoe companies be able to give away free shoes and equipment to high school athletes?

  • Beauty contests- Do they serve any purpose in society?

  • Bridges, roads, waterways- Why the government gets a bad report card on America’s infrastructure.

  • Bullying laws- Should the state or federal government put laws into place to prevent bullying?

  • Cell phones- How have they changed us socially?

  • Censorship- Should parents censor textbooks and other literature for children in schools?

  • Cheap labor- U.S. companies that move factories to undeveloped nations barely pay employees enough to live on. Is it unethical to pay cheap wages or are companies doing those workers a favor?

  • Child soldiers- Why and how children are used for war

  • Church arson- Hate crime?

  • Civil disobedience- Is breaking the law for a cause justifiable?

  • Civil unions- If civil couples have the same rights/privileges of married people, why get married?

  • Climate change- Is global warming a hoax? Is it being exaggerated?

  • Coal- Should the use of coal be subjected to stricter environmental regulations than other fuels?

  • College athletics-Should college athletes be paid?

  • Cyber crime-What are the latest ways to steal identity and money?

  • Divorce-Should we reform laws to make it harder to get a divorce?

  • DDT- Should DDT be re-approved for use in the wake of recent bedbug outbreaks across the country?

  • Electronic information preservation- Does the Information Age mean we are losing important historical information?

  • Exams- Exams often do little more than measure a person’s ability to take exams. Should exams be outlawed in favor of another form of assessment?

  • Fast food- Are we taking it too far by blaming fast food restaurants for obesity? When is it individual responsibility and when is it appropriate to place blame?

  • Felons and voting- Should convicted felons have the right to vote?

  • Feminism- Is feminism still relevant? How do young women view feminism?

  • Fitness programs- Should companies allow employees to exercise on work time?

  • Flag- Should children be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance in schools?

  • Food- Steroids. Anitbiotics. Sprays. Are food manufacturers killing us?

  • Gap year- Should teens in the U.S. adopt the British custom of taking a “gap year” between high school and college?

  • Gay marriage- Should there be a constitutional amendment that allows gays and lesbians to legally marry?

  • Generations- How 4 different generations in the workplace can work together.

  • Grades- In some European schools, fewer than 10% of students get As. Is there grade inflation in the U.S.? Why so many As for Americans?

  • Health care crisis- Most developed nations have universal health coverage. Why doesn’t the U.S., the wealthiest nation, have it?

  • Holocaust- Should denial of the Holocaust be illegal?

  • Homeland Security- Are we safer since the creation of this department?

  • Infidelity- In some states, it is illegal to cheat on a spouse. Should we prosecute cheaters? Is a law that’s not enforced really a law?

  • Immigration- Should illegal immigrants be made legal citizens?

  • Internet and children- Are children smarter (or more socialized) because of the Internet?

  • Internet regulation- Should the federal government be allowed to regulate information on the internet?

  • Intersexuals- What, if anything, should be done medically and socially?

  • Iraq War- Is America winning or losing the War? What is the measurement of success? Have the benefits outweighed the costs?

  • Iraq War Vets- Are they being cheated on medical benefits?

  • Journalism- Should newspaper reporters be required to reveal their sources?

  • Juvenile offenders- Should juvenile offenders be tried and punished as adults?

  • Kyoto Protocol- Should the U.S. join Kyoto to curb greenhouse gases?

  • Lead poisoning- Should the U.S. stop importing Chinese-manufactured toys?

  • Literacy- Are Americans “literate?”

  • Malpractice- How can we balance the need to lower the cost of malpractice insurance with the fact that physician malpractice is one of the leading causes of death?

  • Marijuana legalization- Should the federal government legalize the use of marijuana?

  • Media- Does the media, both print and broadcast, report fairly? Does it ever cross the line between reporting the news and creating the news?

  • Military- Should the U.S. have mandatory military conscriptions? For whom?

  • Mining- What safety measures made the recent Canadian mining accident a non-casualty event, while recent U.S. mining accidents have been fatal?

  • Models- Should there be a minimum weight limit?

  • Moms- Should stay-at-home moms get a salary from the government?

  • Muslim Americans- What is life for them like in the U.S. after September 11, 2001?

  • No Child Left Behind Act- Is it working?

  • Noise pollution- How much is too much noise? What, if anything, should we do to curb it?

  • Nonverbal communication- How do men and women communicate differently using body language, and why does it matter (in dating, the workplace, social circles)?

  • Obesity and weight loss- Should thin people have to pay Medicare and other health costs for the health problems of obese people? Should obese people have higher premiums?

  • Oil companies- Do oil companies make big bucks while the rest of us pay over $3 a gallon?

  • Organ sale- Should we legalize the sale of human organs?

  • Overpopulation- What would happen globally if the demand for natural resources is greater than the supply?

  • Paparazzi- What, if any, limitations should be applied to the paparazzi?

  • Parents- Should parents be held responsible when their children break laws?

  • Pornography- Parental filters on the Internet. Does censorship actually increase curiosity and use of pornography?

  • Prescription medicines- Should there be a national database to track controlled substances (i.e., oxycodone) or should it be a state issue?

  • Privacy- Should the government be allowed to wire tap without permission?

  • Privacy- What medical information should be confidential? Who, if anybody, should have access to medical records?

  • Public figures- Does the public have a right to know about a public figure’s private life?

  • Racial bias in media- Does news coverage favor whites?

  • Religion- Is there one true religion?

  • Road rage- Why do normally patient people become impatient behind the wheel?

  • School lunches- Should government impose restrictions on what kinds of foods can be served in school cafeterias?

  • School uniforms- Pros and cons of school uniforms.

  • Sex offenders- Once they leave prison, are laws about where they may live and be employed unfair?

  • Single sex schools- Do children learn better in boys-only and girls-only schools?

  • Smoking bans- Should the federal government pass a nationwide indoor smoking ban?

  • Social anxiety- How is it different from shyness? And, are we a society of anxiety?

  • Spanking- Should it be outlawed?

  • Sports parents- What are the effects on children whose parents push them in sports?

  • Statutory rape- Recently, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 10 years in prison for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl. Are statutory rape laws patronizing to girls and discriminatory to boys?

  • Steroids- Should they be legalized?

  • Suicide bombers- What kind of person becomes a suicide bomber?

  • Terrorism- Can terrorism ever be justified?

  • Title IX- Has it helped women’s sports? Has it harmed men’s sports?

  • Tough love- Does parental “tough love” really work?

  • Toys- Do certain children’s toys create social or emotional problems?

  • Vaccines- Should parents avoid vaccinating their children?

  • Wage gap- Women still earn only 75 cents for every $1 a man earns. Explain why.

  • Wages- There’s a minimum wage, but should there also be a maximum wage/salary a person can earn?

  • Wind energy- Is wind energy really that cheap? Is it effective? Is it practical?

  • Women in the clergy- Should women be priests, pastors, ministers, and rabbis?

  • Workaholics- Do Americans work too hard? Does working more actually reduce productivity? Is a 40-hour work week too much? Should there be a mandatory cap on the number of hours a person can work? Should there be changes in employment laws to give Americans more relaxation time?

  • Working mothers- What differences, if any, are there in children who are raised by stay-at-home moms and working moms? Does society today still discriminate against working mothers who wish to have flexible work schedules?

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