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.
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!
ProCon.org is a really great source for a teacher of English as a foreign langiage. Thank you :)
My students love ( really thought about what word to use there) the variety of topics. Each student can find a topic that they are passionate about. That sure helps when writing an argumentative essay! Great resource for educators!
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
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
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.
ProCon.org makes finding vetted, current research easy for high school students. Thanks for making such a great resource freely available!
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.
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!