ProCon.org

http://www.procon.org/ is the coolest website.

As you might expect, it shows both sides of various controversial subjects, from vegetarianism (which is apparently a controversy) to the death penalty.

The good: information is unbiased, factual, and plentiful. There is a “teachers’ corner” link (top of page in orange bar) with great ideas for lesson plans and other ideas and resources for teachers. Teachers’ corner also offers reasons why teaching controversial issues is beneficial (uh, critical thinking).

The bad: information is only available for the 50+ topics provided, and there’s too much information for most students to use without teachers condensing the information first. It’s easy to get lost in all the links and information, so if students were visiting the website on their own, they would need a clear purpose.

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