America Now, High School Edition
Eleventh EditionRobert Atwan©2015
Centered around the best writing on today's issues, America Now, High School Edition guides you through improving your own writing through superior reading and writing instruction, critical thinking and reading questions, and model student essays centered on topics you want to discuss.
Table of Contents
Brian Doyle, Dawn and Mary (The Sun, August 2013)
Diane Dimond, Kids and Guns and Public Safety (The Rockland County Times, January 25, 2015)
Student Debate:Christina Tenuta, Responsible Gun Ownership Saves Lives (Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, October 2, 2013)James Stancliffe, Guns Act as Force Multiplier (Loyola Phoenix, Loyola University Chicago, October 23, 2013)Cartoon: Matt Bors, Guns and Butter(ed) Popcorn (The Nation, January 22, 2014)In Brief: Poem: Jane Vincent Taylor, New Law Makes Local Poet Nervous (This Land, February 1, 2013)America Then…1981: Paul Fussell, from "A Well-Regulated Militia"7. COLLEGE SPORTS: SHOULD STUDENT ATHLETES BE PAID?Dave Zirin, The Shame of the NCAA (The Nation, April 1, 2013)Cartoon: Bill Bramhall, Northwestern University Football Players Unionize (March 28, 2014)Student Essay: Tim Ajmani, Compensation for College Athletes? (The Corsair, Pensacola State College, April 25, 2012)In Brief: Joke: The Football Star’s Final Exam (Desert Exposure, August 2014)America Then…1979: Red Smith, The Student Athlete8. MARRIAGE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TODAY?Mona Charen, Modern Family? (Townhall.com, February 28, 2014)Rebecca Solnit, More Equal Than Others (Financial Times, May 24, 2013)Student Essay: Holly Nall, Mixed Relationships Offer Diversity (Golden Gate Xpress, San Francisco State University, April 1, 2013)In Brief: Essay: Timothy Aubry, Married Life (The Point, Nov. 2013)America Then…1910: Emma Goldman, Marriage and Love (from Anarchism and Other Essays)9. THE ENVIRONMENT: IS THE CRISIS OVERBLOWN?
Charles Krauthammer, The Myth of ‘Settled Science’ (New York Daily News, February 21, 2014)
Bill McKibben, A Moral Atmosphere (Orion, March/April 2013)
James Hansen, Acceptance Speech for 2013 Ridenhour Courage Prize (The Nation, May 27, 2013)
Spotlight on Research: Judith Shulevitz, Why Do People Deny Science? (The New Republic, October 21, 2013)
Student Essay: Macon Fessenden, Hydrofracking: Getting the Facts Straight (Pipe Dream, Binghamton University, November 8, 2013)
America Then…1962: Rachel Carson, A Fable for Tomorrow (from Silent Spring)
10. AMERICAN POLITICS—MUST WE BE PARTISAN?
Laura Meckler and Dante Chinni, City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation’s Partisan Split (The Wall Street Journal, March 21, 2014)
Avi Tuschman, Political Evolution: Why Do Young Voters Lean Left? (Bloomberg Businessweek, April 21-27, 2014)
Student Essay: Anna Berenson, Politics for the Rest of Us (The Bates Student, Bates College, October 9, 2013)
Chris Chan, It’s Time We Demanded More (Gilbert Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2013)
America Then…1787: Benjamin Franklin, I Agree to This Constitution, with All Its Faults
11. GENDER: DO WE NEED FEMINISM?Marisa Meltzer, The Last Feminist Taboo (Elle, January 2014)
Heather Havrilesky, Don’t Act Crazy, Mindy (The New York Times Magazine, March 17, 2013)
Christina Hoff Sommers, No, Women Don’t Make Less Money than Men (The Daily Beast, February 1, 2014)
Student Essay: Emily Potter, #YesAllWomen (The Daily Nexus, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 30, 2014)
America Then…1972: Judy Brady, I Want a Wife12. OUR BATTERED ECONOMY: IS THE AMERICAN DREAM OVER?Barack Obama, A Fundamental Threat to the American Dream (from speech delivered December 4, 2013)James Surowiecki, The Mobility Myth (The New Yorker, March 3, 2014)Greg Beato, The Myth of Economic Mobility (Reason, May 2014)Eve Tushnet, You Can Go Home Again (The Weekly Standard, Sept. 2 2013)Student Essay: Gray Whisnant, Make It Rain: Why the Nation Needs a Universal Basic Income (The Cavalier Daily, University of Virginia, January 15, 2014)America Then…1890: Jacob Riis, from How the Other Half Lives