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(CNN Student News) -- May 10, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

What challenges do you think that a news program might face in telling its viewers about an overseas election?

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Gulf Oil Spill

What methods have been used to try to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico? What challenges have authorities faced in using these methods? What method are officials considering next to try to stop the leak? Do you think that this plan will work? Why or why not?

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What is the purpose of the Oil and Hazardous Materials Simulated Environmental Test Tank facility (OHMSETT)? What are three methods that workers at OHMSETT learn to fight oil spills? What do you think might be the potential advantages and disadvantages of each of these methods?

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UK Elections

What were the results of last week's parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom? Why is there a delay in forming a new British government? How are the UK's political parties trying to resolve this issue?

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How would you compare the UK's election process to the process in other countries?

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Zero Tolerance

What is a "zero tolerance" policy? According to the program, how was Eli Mahone affected by a zero tolerance policy? Do you think that Mahone's consequences were fair? Why or why not?

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According to the program, what do supporters and critics of zero tolerance policies say about them?

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Why do you think that officials enact zero tolerance policies? What do you think might be the benefits and drawbacks of this type of policy for an institution? What is your opinion of these types of policies? Explain your rationale.

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