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Causes: Citizen Participation, Education

Mission: "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan primarily pro-con format."

Results: ProCon.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nonpartisan public charity, provides professionally-researched pro, con, and related information on more than 50 controversial issues from gun control and death penalty to illegal immigration and alternative energy. Using the fair, FREE, and unbiased resources at ProCon.org, millions of people each year learn new facts, think critically about both sides of important issues, and strengthen their minds and opinions. In 2016, our programs reached 27.8 million people, including students at more than 9,000 schools in all 50 states and 90 countries. Journalists have referenced ProCon.org in over 2,500 articles. Additionally, 34 US state governments, 17 US state departments of education, 23 foreign governments, and 22 US federal agencies have cited ProCon.org materials.

Target demographics: As many people, including students and seniors, as we can reach

Direct beneficiaries per year: 27.8 million readers. For every one dollar spent at ProCon.org, over 35 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.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Procon.org is an amazing, trustworthy resource for students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a high school librarian and use this as a linked resource for my school. It is legit!!
Great Job ProCon.org!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProCon.org is a really great source for a teacher of English as a foreign langiage. Thank you :)

2 Salvatore F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

2 Kapoor S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProCon.org is a great source of information. The format is easy to use and understand which makes it perfect for use in and out of the classroom. I use it, my children use it. my students use it and I've recommended it to many others. Keep up the great work.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ProCon.org has been an incomparable asset to the research activities of my junior high and high school classes as they complete assignments in psychology, current events, social studies projects and debates.
When the Christian Ethics class debated the topic of abortion, the site gave students enough info to conduct a spirited debate.

Anke A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I teach debate and project-based learning to high school students with special needs. Beside holding their interest, the biggest challenge with this population is that their skills do not always align with their intellectual abilities. Many are very capable thinkers, but poor readers, or vice versa. This means I have to create most of my own curriculum since most pre-made packages just don't suit them. I use ProCon.org whenever I want them to think deeply about a complex issue. It is organized in a way they can easily navigate, and the language is plain enough that they can manage to understand the ideas even with low reading levels. It also helps me relieve my concerns about injecting my own bias into their education. Since I am usually passionate about one side of an issue, I tend to know more facts and resources on that side. ProCon allows me to give them a higher quality, engaging education. I'm so glad that it is unbiased and free!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a teacher and Assistant Principal at Secondary School for Law , a public Secondary school in Brooklyn. I heard about ProCon.org and I decided to try it for a unit on writing a Position Paper in my Senior English class. The website has been invaluable. Our school librarian has also used it.