This website probably saved my debate grade when we were doing congressional speeches. So many websites had biases or unreliable evidence and information, while procon.org effectively explained both sides of an argument with reliable and unbiased information/evidence.
It is a great resource to write any paper with and it could help students struggling with essays to pass their classes that are required to write papers in.
I think this can help students struggling with essays and writing easily pass with the simple yet informative site.
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.
I found ProCon while researching a college paper over seven years ago, what is outstanding is their ever expanding list of issues they have researched and documented the source of the information as well as the quality of that source. It has become my go to for current issues I am interested in to learn both sides and understand the reasoning each holds. ProCon is where I have directed other students to use and it addresses issues in a way younger students can benefit as well.
Working on a debate? ProCon! Researching one of there many issues? ProCon! or just interested in the whole picture of an interesting issue the answers are found at ProCon!
Thank you for your wonderful resource.
ProCon is a great source for information about polarizing topics where we can learn about both sides of the issues, because we know there is more than one side to the issues and we aren't getting that from the main stream, ratings motivated, profit driven media.
Pro/Con.Org is the first place I send my 11th graders to search for a controversial topic on which they might write a research essay. The short summaries at the start of each issue allows the students a quick preview of the issue so they may make a determination about whether they want to pursue it. I tell them it is like 'shopping' for a topic.
The comprehensive background information is available in one convenient place as are a large variety of arguments representing various sides of a contemporary issue. The students also like the videos included at the end of most segments. It provides them with an alternate media source for their essays and how to integrate sources other than print/on-line sources.
Can't say enough good things. This is my first year using the site but I am already making plans for more comprehensive and interactive use next year.
Just FYI, this review is being written by a teacher of 30 years!
ProCon.org is a GREAT resource for teaching current events. I honestly would be lost without it. The Presidential Election section/quiz was really eye opening to my students. I have recommended the site to other teachers, administrators, and to parents.
I will also use the election section with my US HIstory class next fall.
It is so important for everyone, but especially students to learn that there is more than one side to an issue, and substantive facts support different views.
Kudos to a marvelous educational tool.
As a college student, I find an abundant information that I can use in my research and it is up to date as well.