Last week, we took a look at that hallowed (and sometimes pompous) tradition of prom night in the United States and the rules surrounding it.
Many of you were shocked - SHOCKED - that there were still places holding segregated proms and telling kids that they could only attend if they wore what the school deemed "gender appropriate" attire.
- "16 Sassy Tweets from the Nation's 16th Largest School District": Let's face it, with only sixteen classes left between now and exams, everyone, including the sixteenth largest district, is getting a little punchy. If you're not following @WCPSS, you might be missing out on the hilarity.
- "PepsiCo Pulls Goat Ad Dubbed 'Most Racist Commercial Ever'" Okay. I have so many questions. First of all, is this commercial actually racist? Or is it just sophomoric? And why are y'all trying to get me to listen to Tyler the Creator again? Maybe I'm just old and don't get it. So explain this one to me. Or better yet, don't.
Your official Current Event Friday topic for the week is about the food we eat, the FDA, and GMOs. According to this article, Monsanto, and other companies in the biotechnology industry are purposefully trying to keep people from making informed decisions about the foods they eat.
The biotech industry, led by Monsanto, will soon descend on the state of Washington to try its best to defeat I-522, a citizens’ ballot initiative to require mandatory labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Voters should prepare themselves for an onslaught of discredited talking points, nonsensical red herrings, and outright lies designed to convince voters that they shouldn’t have the right to know what’s in the food they eat. (Kaldveer and Cummins)
And, as always, I have questions - so many questions.
- What is the central idea (claim, thesis) of this article? How do Kaldveer and Cummins construct their argument to prove their point?
- Are Kaldveer and Cummins providing an unbiased and objective view of the issue? What words lead you to believe that they are either biased or unbiased?
- Based on their arguments, do you think that companies should be forced to label Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered (GE) foods? What arguments might the writer be leaving out or ignoring?