Would Universal Healthcare Really Work in the U.S.?

From Above the Noise. Pretty much every rich, developed nation on the planet has universal healthcare, EXCEPT for the U.S. Should we join them, or does our current healthcare system have advantages that we don’t want to lose? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high…

Are Video Games Really Making Us More Violent?

From Above the Noise. We’ve all heard that violent video games make you violent, but is it true? Myles and PBS NewsHour Student Reporters from Etiwanda High School in Southern California dive deep into the research to get a better understanding of the debate. TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a…

Would Arming Teachers Make Schools Safer?

From Above the Noise. Traditionally thought of as gun-free zones, some schools are now allowing teachers to carry guns in classrooms— an effort that is meant to increase school safety, particularly when it comes to stopping school shootings. But this move is sparking controversy nationwide, as many opponents question whether arming teachers with guns would…

Climate Change: How Doomed ARE We?

From Above the Noise. Climate change is THE existential question that humanity is facing. But are we too late? Has climate change reached the point of no return? Are we doomed? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to investigate controversial topics and…

The Electoral College: Why Such A Big Debate?

From Above the Noise. There’s been 5 times in U.S. history where the guy who became president lost the popular vote, but won the electoral vote. And two of those times were just in the last 20 years. And with a new presidential election coming up, there’s lots of chatter about the value of the…

Are Zoos Good or Bad for Animals?

From Above the Noise. Zoos are great, right? You get to be up close and personal with some amazing animals that you’d pretty much never get to see in the wild. Clearly, zoos are a win for people. But when it comes to the animals, zoos might cause more harm than good. Should zoos exist?…

Is the Internet Making You Meaner?

From Above the Noise. If the Internet’s making you feel meaner, you’re not imagining it. People really do act differently online than they do in person. Here’s why. Co-produced with Common Sense Education @CommonSenseEd TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on KQED Learn, a safe place for middle and high school students to investigate…

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much?

From Above the Noise. Co-produced with Common Sense Education @CommonSenseEd Even by conservative estimates, the average American spends over 6 hours per day staring at a screen. That’s a lot of time. What does the scientific research say about it? Is it good or bad for us? TEACHERS: Get your students in the discussion on…

False Equivalence: Why It’s So Dangerous | Above the Noise

From Above the Noise. Co-produced with Data & Society Research Institute @datasociety Special thanks to Amelia Acker and Whitney Phillips, Data & Society Affiliates False equivalence: what does it mean, and why is it helping to spread misinformation online? TEACHERS: Learn more about this topic and how you might teach it with your students via…