Research Topic Choices – Sports Injuries

Last Friday night I attended the Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks hockey game in Dallas. Like other hockey fans, I cheered for my team (da Hawks!) and enjoyed watching the fast paced action on the ice, which sometimes included a body check or the occasional fight. During the course of the game Dallas Stars player Stephane Robidas slammed awkwardly into the wall, went down, and didn’t get back up. From our seats we had a perfect view of Robidas and his ankle, which jutted unnaturally to the side. Robidas had broken his leg and had to be stretchered off the ice.

In recent years sports injuries have become a more talked about issue, especially when it comes to head injuries. Football injuries have garnered the majority of attention, especially in the NFL, but even the NHL has had some legal issues: “Retired Players Sue NHL Over Head Injuries.

What, if any, is the responsibility of organizations like the NFL and NHL when it comes to player injuries such as this?

Do high schools and middle schools have a similar responsibility? Why or why not?


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Research Paper Topic Choices – Smoking

If you choose Smoking as your topic choice for your Social Issue Research Paper, you may be interested to read this NPR article “You Can Vote, You Can Enlist – But Can You Buy a Cigarette?”

What do you think? Should the legal smoking age be raised to match the legal drinking age? Which do you think is more harmful- cigarettes or alcohol?

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Writing and Future Employment

I recently read the article “Why Johnny Can’t Write, and Why Employers are Mad”.

As a teacher, I try to impress upon my students the importance of communication skills, particularly writing for a variety of purposes. According to the article, employers are turning down otherwise qualified job candidates because their written communication skills are just not good enough. What do you think about the article? Is writing really important for your future education and career goals?

Click the following link to view the video and/or read the article: “Why Johnny Can’t Write, and Why Employers are Mad”.

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“People observe…

“People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it’s quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

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