PBS NewsHour Extra

Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Extra provides students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.

Has Standardized Testing in the U.S. Gone Too Far?

Featured Media Resource: [VIDEO] “Why This Seattle Teacher Is Leading Opposition to ‘Excessive Testing'” (PBS NewsHour) Public debate over the merits of standardized testing is nothing new, but the number of students choosing to opt out of the tests grew over the past year in places like Seattle. In September, Seattle school teachers went on … Continue reading Has Standardized Testing in the U.S. Gone Too Far? →

How Can We End Violence Against Women?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowWomen For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now What steps should we take to end violence against women? Introduction A new report from the … Continue reading How Can We End Violence Against Women? →

When Should Free Speech Be Protected?

Wednesday's attack at the Paris office of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is thought to have been the work of killers who believe cartoons can be so offensive that they justified the murder of 12 people. When should free speech be protected and why?

What Event in 2014 Affected You the Most?

The World Cup. The Michael Brown shooting. Scotland’s bid for independence. The war in Gaza. The advance of ISIL through Syria and Iraq. 2014 has brought many events that have forever changed the world and whose effects will reverberate for years to come. What events had the most impact on the world in 2014? Why?

How Can We Help Fight the Ebola Outbreak?

The recent spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa has left the international community scrambling to handle what has become its largest outbreak ever. What are the challenges of fighting Ebola, and how can the international community overcome them?

Should Donors to Political Campaigns Be Allowed to Give in Unlimited Amounts?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowCampaign For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Is money a corrupting influence on politics, or merely an expression of free speech? Should there … Continue reading Should Donors to Political Campaigns Be Allowed to Give in Unlimited Amounts? →