ProCon.org

Rating: 4.77 stars   117 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 233 Wilshire Blvd Ste 200 Santa Monica CA 90401 USA

Mission: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format."
Results: We had 20.2 million unique visitors in 2014 (80+ million since we started). We have provided free educational resources to over 6,000 schools in all 50 states (and more than 70 countries), and helped 1,500+ media entities, 20+ foreign governments, and 30+ state governments with our nonpartisan research. Our 2013 reader survey showed that 36.7% of readers changed their "perceptions, feelings, or opinions on an issueā€¯ 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: 20.2 million readers. For every one dollar spent at ProCon.org, over 28 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.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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1 person found this review helpful

I teach Applied Ethics at a state college in FL. The course curriculum includes many of the current, controversial issues addressed by ProCon.org. I frequently use ProCon.org in classroom presentations and recommend it to students doing research on a particular issue. ProCon.org is an excellent resource for education, a useful alternative to corporate-owned media, and the kind of public service essential for the survival of democracy in the age of global Internet.--Carmine Bell

 
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I use this site regularly, when linking current events to concepts in our curriculum. Rarely do adult students express that the content is biased. Alternatively, other resources are seen as "liberal" by conservatives and "conservative" by liberals. ;o

 
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Through my company, IvyGuruKul.com, I run a speech & debate program for school kids. This year, we had 260 students go through the program. ProCon. org is one of the main sources that I recommend to all my novice debaters.

It is an amazing resource.

 
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ProCon.org makes finding vetted, current research easy for high school students. Thanks for making such a great resource freely available!

 
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As a literacy coach, I have made my teachers well aware of this site. It is a great resource for our students when completing argumentative or informative genres of writing, and allows them to choose from a large variety of high-interest topics. It is one of our best free resources for ELA.

 
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Our students are bombarded with perspectives, but who can they trust? I can always trust that ProCon is going to give them perspectives that they can use to make their own decisions. A great resource to get kids thinking!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing!

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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I think I am a better citizen with the information provided by your website. I think I am a better teacher because of the help you provide. I think I am better student and writer with all of the references on the topics you research.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would give you more money to hire more staff to do more reviews.

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Life-changing

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ProCon.org is a good source of unbiased information on major public policy issues. The site is visually attractive and the information displayed in a user friendly manner. I normally don't have time to wade through volumes of information or to surf the internet doing my own research. So this site helps me use my time efficiently, to quickly learn the major pros and cons, then to formulate my own opinion. As this site grows in popularity, it will be more widely acclaimed across the country.

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Very Well

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2012

 
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This site is so very useful in the classroom. In an era where civil discourse is so polarized, it is very beneficial to have a site with both pros and cons available for easy understanding of the different sides of the issue. My students tend to parrot only their parents' opinions because they haven't head the other sides of the story. This site really helps develop critical thinking, as well as civil discourse.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing my students lesson the rhetoric and see another side of the story.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it an option to see the speakers' political parties.

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Very Well

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Some

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Definitely

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2011

 
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I will mention just 3 of the many subjects of interest to me in ProCon.

1. Teacher tenure. For several years I was Chief Counsel of the California Teachers Association, representing 100's of teachers in dismissals, evaluations, etc. ProCon goes to the heart of all the arguments presented by teachers' unions, as well as district boards and administrators. In fact, it presents enough information and analysis to be of assistance to experts in the education/employment/ bargaining fields.

In the other subjects mentioned below, I am not an expert.

2. Israel/Palestine Conflict. A subject that I have studied for years. The arguments are all there, but even more useful to me has been the wealth of information presented about the conflict in a succinct and organized form. The history of the peoples is outlined in detail from ancient times to the present. It is completely up-to-date on all the players, whether in the PLO, PA, Hamas; or among the leadership and dissenters among the Israelis. For me, this ProCon topic has given what I needed to know quickly ... and it has been a much better resource in this regard than Wikipedia or other online sites I have visited.

3. Health Care Reform. Here ProCon was very useful for both its pro/con arguments and the background information needed to make or defend an argument. As this is a topic that will continue for some time to be in the news, I will try to keep up with all important developments.

Finally, thank you ProCon. There are many other subjects on your site that have been, and will be, of considerable help to me in 'getting up to speed' on a very broad range of issues.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

public arguments and current events forums; writing letters to the editor and to several organizations, especially those concerned with human rights. Arguments/debates with any number of people interested in many of the subjects covered in ProCon -- some of them I can now win.

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offer us a list of possible changes and ask for comments or ratings.

 
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