Mission: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format."
Results: We had 23.3 million unique visitors in 2015 (100+ million since we started). We have provided free educational resources to over 7,000 schools in all 50 states (and more than 85 countries), and helped 2,000+ media entities, 20+ foreign governments, and 30+ state governments with our nonpartisan research.
Our reader survey showed that 36.7% of readers changed their "perceptions, feelings, or opinions on an issue” based on what they learned at ProCon.org. 74.1% reported that ProCon.org helped them to "think more critically, make better judgments on the subject matter, or see issues in a new light."
Target demographics: As many people, including students and seniors, as we can reach
Direct beneficiaries per year: 23.3 million readers. For every one dollar spent at ProCon.org, over 26 people get a free education on our website.
Geographic areas served: Everywhere people have access to the Internet
Programs: The pros and cons of 50+ issues at www.procon.org. You get nonpartisan content, free of charge, fully sourced, transparent, and with no agenda other than to promote critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship.
ProCon.org is perfect for argumentative essays because it has all the information you really need without going to a million other sources to just find general information. Totally recommended for students writing papers who need the two sides of the problem. :)
I use ProCon for double duty. Students struggle with comprehending and disseminating information. Having them read beyond surface content, really understand the issues so they can formulate their own opinions, and learn to take their critical thinking and write clearly for meaning instills reading and writing skills that formulaic text books just can't fill. As a class in Social Studies/History, we choose 2 topics a month in which my students learn the material. Many discussions are had, as the issue is viewed from two different viewpoints. One student said that taking the opposite view than she really held helped her understand her own position more clearly. We love ProCon and can hardly wait for the next topic to arrive.
Professional with expertise in this field,05/16/2016
As a high school equivalency teacher, I find this website invaluable. The HiSET essay prompt presents two passages with differing points of view. The student is then directed to write an essay expressing their own opinion. Pro/Con provides differing perspectives on a variety of topics. This allows my students to practice reading and evaluating positions and to put forth their own ideas.
Professional with expertise in this field,05/14/2016
We use your articles to teach argumentative response writing with middle and high school students. It's a great way for students to learn about both sides of an issue, take a position, support it, and give credit to the opposing viewpoint. Most students find writing difficult and don't like to write, and many are also woefully ignorant of current issues. However, students find your articles interesting because they are relevant , and because of this, the writing process is easier for them. Thank you for your good work!