Teachers, librarians, and other educators at 4,200+ schools in 50 states and 60 countrieshave used ProCon.org in their teaching and reference materials. Use the search feature below to look up your school, find new lessons, learn new ways to use ProCon.org, and get inspired.
Social Studies teacher utilizes ProCon.org for current events and controversial issues discussions in class. Says his students find ProCon.org useful because they "were able to look at both sides of an issue before making a decision of their own in most cases"
English teacher Ms. Johnson uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "When my students write persuasive essays and speeches, I have them select a topic from ProCon.org. The information is balanced and complete, allowing students to focus on the skills required for organizing and writing a good essay,without having to take time researching. They love ProCon.org because the topics are relevant and intelligent. They learn and their writing is much better than it was before I discovered your website."
Teacher Mike O'Malley uses ProCon.org as a resource for 90 second debates that serve as a "warm-up" for his classes. "Your format allows my students to at least sound (if not actually be) informed on both sides of the issue."
Library Media Specialist Belinda O'Brien uses ProCon.org for public speaking and research paper information. "I refer to it and have in the past; now I am working in South Africa and want to expose my students to it."
English teacher Peggy Roberts uses ProCon.org in the classroom stating that "I took the pro-con articles, assigned them to individuals randomly, sorted the whole group by article into two groups (Pro Con), had them read the articles, discuss it with their group, form a consensus and elect one person to debate their position with the selected party from the opposing viewpoint."
English and Special Education teacher David Dixon refers students to ProCon.org while researching for persuasive speeches. "It's a great help to students who struggle with pinpointing good web searches."
English teacher Eileen Fernandez-Parker tells her students to use ProCon.org because "Everything they needed to write an argumentation paper was at their fingertips. I use ProCon.org to expose my students to important social and political issues in a safe, unbiased manner. Using great
materials is of the utmost importance."
Special Education teacher Corey Dobbins' Government students use ProCon.org to "research the controversial issues along with court cases we study in class and write summaries and critical response answers to the issues."
Sharon Cooper, Science teacher, links to Vegetarian ProCon.org as a student resource for a unit on natural resources. She asks students to "write a 1 page position paper supporting your notion on how you think you should eat to be healthy" citing data from Vegetarian ProCon.org.
Michelle Houser, Library Media Specialist at Bellmont High School, states about ProCon.org: "Whenever we have a persuasive speech or research paper, I always recommend this site to students and teachers."
Teacher Michael May uses ProCon.org to help students write persuasive essays. "Your site gives them a wealth of material to practice writing... Thanks for all you do. It is an invaluable resource for both oral and written assignments."
English teacher Ms. Jennifer Palmer uses ProCon.org and states: "I teach debating skills. I am focusing on the speaking skills. I use Pro-con so that students can focus on comparing points of view, and identifying types of supports rather than spending time surfing the net to find information."
High school library provides list of books, articles, and web resources for the debate on the right to health care. Links to Health Care ProCon.org and to our project "Top Pro, Con, & Not Clearly Pro or Con Quotes on the Right to Health Care."
Library webpage links to ProCon.org under the "SOCIAL ISSUES and DEBATE TOPICS PRO & CON" section and states: "Procon.org is a great non-profit website that provides quality information on current debatable issues."
Social Studies and Science teacher uses ProCon.org in class to "provide information for debates on both sides of a controversial topic" and to "inform students regarding candidates' positions on various topics."
Ms. Therese Servas uses ProCon.org in her classroom to help students "write supported position papers throughout the semester." She states that "ProCon always has relevant, outlined issues that are companions to the cases we study."
U.S. History teacher Mr. Martin links to 2012 Election ProCon.org and states: "ProCon.org provides candidate positions and statements on issues, biographies, speeches, videos, and summary charts for each candidate."
English teacher Ms. Kristi McGauley reweets, recommends, and links to ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states: "Seriously though, check out http://procon.org and choose a topic that interests you - maybe sports-related?"
English teach Mr. Ed Bowers uses ProCon.org and states: "I run debate units on controversial topics in my pre-college classes, and I have added your site to a list that the students and I can use to find positions on topics to be researched and debated."
English teacher Glynis Corso refers students to ProCon.org and states: "I gave several prompts for students to use as a spring board for a persausive essay, and then directed them to your site to get whet their appetite."
Advanced Placement US History teacher Ms. Manchac links to 2012 Election ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states that 2012 Election ProCon.org is the "Most comprehensive side by side comparison of ALL parties that I've seen."
Social Studies teacher Martia Weber has students use ProCon.org as a resource while "writing editorials, creating pamphlets and essays, giving two-minute speeches and participating in Socratic Seminars. We will be holding a state-wide mock election, so the information from ProCon.org will be invaluable, as students educate themselves on the issues, so they can formulate their own opinions and take a stand."
Librarians Karen Levy and Julia Loving link to ProCon.org as a database, an argumentative essay resource, a "Debating Topics - Common Core" resource, and link to Video Games ProCon.org under "Rowland's Class."
Educator Ms. Sandra Eisenstark uses ProCon.org and states: "
I gave them the website and suggested they find articles and opposing positions to theirs which they had to read and write about. They also could write about their positions."
Leanne Westphal, an educator in the Social Science department, lists ProCon.org as an online resource for her American Government and Economics classes, and plans to use the site "heavily" during the 2012 presidential election.
Mr. Larson, government teacher, links to ProCon.org under part II of her government website and asks students to "pick one controversial topic," compare presidential candidate views on that topic, and "include your stance on the topic."
Teacher's Government students used ProCon.org when formulating arguments for a persuasive essay: "ProCon helped them see both sides of an issue (for counter-arguments.) It also did the research, so that they had factual examples to support their views."
Mr. John Taylor uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states that "ProCon.org is one
of the first sites I check when we begin to research motions. Your analysis often provides a wonderful jumping-off point
we can use to kick-start our research."
Teacher Travis Armknecht says that "my students used ProCon.org as a starting point for research for debates in our speech class. Many of them used the site not only to research their own side, but to help them with opposition research."
Professor Dennis Maugere said, "I thoroughly enjoy your site as one of the most informed sources available for scholarly involvement of students in high school; your professionalism is sorely needed in this day and age."
Teacher Dr. Susan Castorina uses ProCon.org in the classroom. "My students have troubling identifying cause and effect in ethical considerations; this seems to help them understand all sides of a problem."
Teacher Jeanne Huisjen uses ProCon.org to help students choose an issue and find relevant arguments. Students use ProCon.org "to expand those arguments to see both sides and to get information they could use on their evidence cards."
Teacher Richard L. Helder uses Immigration ProCon.org to test students' ability to identify pro and con arguments. "ProCon is totally great! I've already passed it on to other teachers in the district. Thank you."
Art teacher Valerie Xanos recommends ProCon.org and uses it in class: "(Students) had to write a research paper on their topic and ProCon.org provided the necessary information to do that. It made the students think critically about their topic from both sides of the issue, not just to make snap judgments."
English teacher Ms. Lee Ann Spillane links to Standardized Tests ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states: "Resources for creating document based question or speaking activity around standardized testing."
Students write a persuasive essay in which they choose a controversial topic from ProCon.org. Students use ProCon.org to learn about the topics and form an opinion. I give two lessons in which I show students how to use the website and all the wonderful resources it has to offer.
English teacher Mrs. Alikaj links to ProCon.org under the "Helpful Links" section and states: "This website is a great site that provides facts and opinions on controversial issues. It's a great site to be used especially for persuasive writing."
English teacher Jamie Whitmarsh uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "I refer students to the website when teaching persuasive writing. Students gather materials first to prepare for class debate, then for writing a persuasive essay."
Teacher and Librarian Bruce Cummings was happy that ProCon.org was "free and readily available when we could no longer afford a subscription-based 'controversial issues' database." He encourages students "to view the footnotes, sources and source biographies to further their understanding of the perspectives and values that inform the positions take on any given issue."
Mr. Paul Pyle uses ProCon.org to help teach "current social problems" to his class. He likes to "to copy and paste the arguments for and against a position... Then the
students have to sort through them to decide which position they support."
Media Specialist Amy Lawson "Introduced the website to then 9th grade English classes for use on locating material for their persuasive speeches.... students will have the option to use the website when they begin researching."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Mike Brunstetter uses ProCon.org and states: "I use ProCon.org specifically in the American Government/Civics class that I teach to show students currents issues being debated, talked about, & discussed in our society. This, in turn, helps them connect their learning to real-world events."
Social Studies teacher Teri Dine-Edwards says: "My students are learning about how differences in opinion can change the way an event is viewed. I directed them to your site to see examples. I also use it in discussions and pull it up on the classroom smartboard."
Sam Navarez, Teacher and Chair of the History/Social Science Department, uses ProCon.org to have students debate issues and take opposite positions to see how objective the students can be. Mr. Navarez says ProCon.org "is a valuable resource to develop their stance on issues."
Science teacher Jennifer Graeca uses ProCon.org when teaching about bioethical issues in a medical technology class. Her students "use procon.org to help organize their thoughts when we do our 'mock trial'... I find the website very useful when looking for topics to discuss with my biology students as well."
Ms. Koch uses ProCon.org in research paper assignments for AP English Language and Composition as well as for Composition for Juniors. Found ProCon.org to have "great explanations" and "clear and concise overviews to begin in-depth research."
Educator Dawn James uses ProCon.org "as lead-in to discussion of controversial issues on ballots around the country in the recent election" because it "allows students to see both sides of an issue without bias."
Miss Weaver's Current Issues page links to Illegal Immigration ProCon.org under Thursday, April 28th. She advises students that "everyone must start by checking out the immigration page on ProCon.org."
Ms. Carla Morton uses ProCon.org in her classroom. She states that "ProCon was was an invaluable resource in teaching the elements of argument. Seeing both sides of an issue helped my
students to defend their own point of view/position and made them think beyond themselves."
Civics/Government and Economics teacher Frank Collins uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "The students were given an assignment to identify the differences in the platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties on a number of key issues."
Teacher Tom Daugherty says, "In my AP Psychology class, my students debate controversial issues in psychology today. They have done one on whether or not homosexuality is genetic or not and we will shortly use this site to do one on whether video games cause aggression and violence."
Library Media Center links to ProCon.org and states: "The organization accomplishes its mission by researching and presenting a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, and primarily pro-con format on controversial and important issues."
Teacher of multiple high school subjects finds ProCon.org to be a "good reliable starting point for research. Helped to stimulate ideas for taking a position on an issue... Doing classroom based assessments, students use procon.org as a starting point for writing extensive research papers on constitutional issues. They all like using the site."
Teacher Deborah Gillen says "They've used [ProCon.org] for persuasive essays, and it's been a convenient resource for finding pro's and con's side by side. I also appreciate the credibility of the sources; I know that students are not using sites that are unreliable or highly biased."
Teacher of multiple high school subjects recommends ProCon.org and uses it "for ideas for debate, in history, or medical issues. The students are sent to your site, then they must further research the subject at hand... As they will soon be moving on to either a 2-4 year college or technical college, I believe it is imperative that each student be knowledgeable about the resources available to them for their use."
Social Studies teacher and senior thesis advisor Stephanie Hopkins states that a student "is writing a thesis on the Arab-Israeli conflict, specifically the one-state/two-state solutions. Your web site provided good overview and links to sources. It also presented both sides of this very complicated issue well."
Mrs. Tormes-Garcia's Economics and Government Class Blog. Links to debates on Death Penalty ProCon.org and Under God ProCon.org, describing them as "two good articles for American Government students to read."
Media Specialist Carol Papuga says "We used to have an online database (SIRS) that our county purchased for our use in the schools. Due to budgetary constraints, we had to discontinue our use of fee based databases. We tried ProCon.org for our classes that do debates and it has been very helpful."
English teacher Ms. Tonya Feller uses ProCon.org and states: "As a high school English teacher, students are required to write research papers and present both sides of the topic argument. This is the BEST resource for students to expedite research time and effort in one place with factual support evidence. Pro/Con.org is the only resource I use for research papers and I highly recommended this to all English teachers."
Mr. Davolt's CWP (Contemporary World Problems) class webpage links to Health Care Reform ProCon.org, Illegal Immigration ProCon.org, Abortion ProCon.org, Standardized Tests ProCon.org, and Social Security ProCon.org.
Nate Kogan assigned his class to use several ProCon.org websites because "ProCon.org proved appealing because it pre-screens its sources of evidence and provides researchers with access to substantial, well regarded reports, quotations, and the like."
English and Language Arts teacher Nancy Watson-Weir uses ProCon.org with her students: "I use it constantly in my writing classes. Because the 'sides' are written so professionally, with no tone of bias, it is much easier for my students who are emotionally 'settled' in their thoughts to see beyond their views."
English teacher Sara Rodrigues refers students to ProCon.org when teaching persuasion. "You're doing a great job! Thanks for all your hard work; it shows because I have watched your site grow and change."
High school teacher Dave Acanfora recommends ProCon.org and has students use it to "analyze issues in Government and then identify the Political Party that supports or disagrees with their position on the issue."
Mr. McAuley's "Participation in Government" page provides a weekly schedule of online reading related to various government and political topics. Links to Right to Health Care ProCon.org and Medical Marijuana ProCon.org.
Katie Kneisley, English Department Chair, uses ProCon.org "in support for semester research projects based on This American Life," and to "aid students involved in Young Democrats/Young Republicans debates."
Business Education teacher Jamie Dunlap says, "I use them to debate issues, especially ones that students THINK they know both sides. As a teacher, I want students to make up their own minds of issues and sometimes I don't even know both sides. Love your site!"
Library Media Specialist Kesha Legagneur encourages the use of ProCon.org "when students are considering controversial topics. This site gives them two perspectives to consider. I
think they can gain appropriate search terms for scholarly articles as well."
Teacher and literary coach Mr. Georgann Ziemniak uses ProCon.org in the classroom to help students "debate in English class and social studies class." He states that "students who NEVER have an
idea or NEVER can find anything to support their hypothesis are usually very pleased with ProCon.org."
George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science
Library Media Specialist Brenda Maiden says, "Teaching a 12th grade senior seminar class, it is another valuable resource for their research paper... Extremely useful for research and citing their information."
Student teacher Megan Gallagher says, "I am teaching a current events class and I frequently will ask the students to do some research into the issues to prepare
for discussion. ProCon.org has become one of their 'go to' sites because of the balance of information that is available."
Leadership Teacher Shawn uses ProCon.org with students as "a reference for data and to strengthen their arguments in their papers." He also says that ProCon.org "is essential to critical thinking and for moral and cognitive development."
Educator Lesa Salters used ProCon.org for "argumentative essays, ideas list, persuasive writing, political candidates. I use this resource for Acc. Engl. II, AP Language and Composition, and Philosophy and Reason. Thank you for your help!"
Media Specialist Debra Davis says, "New Common core standards have propelled critical thinking and writing into all areas of the curriculum. This can mean a HUGE change to curriculum and that usually means HUGE amounts of time for teacher planning. ProCon give an immediate resource for teachers to access for all areas of the curriculum."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Rick Ober uses ProCon.org and state: "I use it as a jumping off point for research for our debates. Students can get a sense of where they might fall in a debate and begin researching the topics that they will use or confront in debate."
Social Studies Department Chair Mr. Chris Irwin uses ProCon.org in the classroom "while teaching the Local State and National Government course. For example, I use the site as a resource for students writing position papers, researching for in-class debates, drafting model legislation, mock trial activities and creating public opinion polls."
History teacher Robert Mimms' resource page with internet links for homework. He suggests his students use ProCon.org "to become more aware of current political, economic and social events throughout the world."
English Instructor Beth Layne uses ProCon.org as a source for students to utilize in completing research papers and presentations on controversial issues. She notes that "an informed citizenry is the only true repository of the public will."
AP English Teacher Cindy Cavanaugh has students "obtain a research topic from the list you provide. The additional resources you provide on your website for each topic made their research progress smoothly."
English teacher and Technology Coordinator Gary Latman links to ProCon.org in his resources good for visual learners area because ProCon.org "deals with issues in a well organized and engaging manner."
Mr. Henchen's course assigns students' weekly assignments. Week six instructs students to take steps in civic action by learning about an issue before taking action. Links to ProCon.org among four websites provided for students to "consider many different perspectives."
Librarian Heather Lister says, "Procon.org is one of the first places that I, as a teacher visit, and one of the first places I direct my students. I feel it is unbiased, and has a wealth of quality information."
Library blog showcases ProCon.org as the "Website of the Week." The librarian reviewing ProCon.org writes "It's pretty interesting... This could definitely be a good place for starting some Current Issues research."
Ms. Liat Bearden, Secondary Teacher CTE, uses ProCon.org in the classroom. She states that "Students study the PRO and the CON of a selected topic, choose a stance and learn to argue their point. Great preparation for college level writing, and it develops their ability to think critically."
Public Services Librarian Mildred Joseph used ProCon.org as an example of how to cite sources. "Your site does an excellent job of citing its sources and I show it to my students as an example... Thank you for creating such as excellent resource."
Mr. Holmes, US History teacher, posted a link to 2012 Election ProCon.org on the 5/10 student assignment to learn about President Clinton. He asks students to take the 2012 Election ProCon.org candidate quiz.
English teacher Ms. Sabrina Alexander uses ProCon.org and states: "
I used Pro/Con to challenge students' thinking about how they see current policies being debated about in their world. Pro/Con engaged them in viewing both sides than taking a stand and making a claim for their arguments."
Librarian Ms. Baker lists ProCon.org as a current themes resource for high school English argumentative writing. Mr Crowe also lists ProCon.org for his class and ProCon.org is linked as a high school history resource.
Ms. Leslie Howes uses ProCon.org in her classroom to help her students with their oral assessments and a unit where they "look critically at the
role of social media." She states that Social Networking ProCon.org is "assigned reading."
Teacher/Debate Coach Douglas Tackmann says "In teaching debate, I start with ProCon to get the kids thinking. We compete in Student Congress so ProCon helps us write legislation... Last year was our first year using the site. We placed #2 in the new school division and #27 overall!"
Teacher Theresa Chavez uses ProCon.org "to help students craft debates, persuasive papers, and to reinforce critical thinking skills." She says ProCon.org "breaks the issues down into manageable concept[s]."
Mr. Gregory uses ProCon.org in his classroom, stating that he "plans to develop lesson plans" using ProCon.org. He also stated that "it provides a helpful introduction to students learning how to analyze current events and how to write argumentative essays."
Librarian Diana Hoke uses ProCon.org "with senior composition students who research and choose a side on a controversial issue for their major research paper assignment. Also, I have shared the site with our Current Issues class in the social studies department and with the debate classes in our language arts department... [I]t provides facts and not just opinions. The set up of the site allows students to consider various angles to controversial questions."
Library Coordinator Julie Greene says "ProCon covers many of the topics that interest our students. It's also a great idea generator if they are unsure of a topic to choose... I've had great feedback from our teachers on ProCon.org as well. We love it."
Teacher and Librarian Ms. Julie Boyer uses ProCon.org in the classroom and tells students "students to refer to it before other websites as ProCon.org
tends to have all the info they need in one place. Information is accurate so I often tell students to refer to the site even
for assignments that do not include debate."
The school's resource guide to the 2008 Presidential Election includes a page devoted to ProCon.org, "an excellent website offering different things to the 2008 election researcher... great info." Links to 2008 Election ProCon.org
English teacher Michelle Wolff uses ProCon.org as an example of pro-con issues. She shows her "students how there is evidence for both sides of a given issue and that they need to use credible sources for their arguments."
Debate Coach James Peterson has "no doubt that my students and I will be using your site. I perused it briefly and and read all your accolades and I know that we will use you as a source for information. We are going to a congress debate in just a few weeks and I know we will be researching bill topics on your site."
Educator Ms. Kristine Holmes uses ProCon.org and states: "
During a debate unit. They have to research an argument, take a stand then present their side of the debate. Sometimes I use it for whole group debates."
School Director Diane Tyson uses ProCon.org as a tool for persuasive essays and speeches. "This website is wonderful. Very easy to navigate and understand. The information is succinct and easy to understand. I also appreciate that you try to stay in the middle and balance the arguments on both sides."
Library Media Specialist Terrie Hazard collaborates with teachers on research projects where she suggests both print and non-print materials which support students' learning objectives. She notes that "ProCon.org is a wonderful resource for our students."
Library Media Specialist Terrie Hazard collaborates with teachers on research projects where she suggests both print and non-print materials which support students' learning objectives. She notes that "ProCon.org is a wonderful resource for our students."
Teacher Ms. L. Ingram uses ProCon.org "for many assignments. I post it on the LCD, students read the background information, and begin discussion. I pick topics to use for Public Forum debates. The timelines allow for an awareness assignment on controversial topics."
English teacher T. Braunstein loves "the site and recommend[s] it wholeheartedly. The pro-con format allows students to assess and weigh both sides of an issue, encouraging them to draw their own conclusions while at the same time illustrating that there are no easy answers."
Classified Librarian Catherine Zaharris says, "I will be using it at the end of next semester with my sophomores and juniors. These students have to write a report/speech on a controversial issue and I am glad they have a reliable website to use."
ESL teachers Mrs. Marquez, Ms. Baden, and Ms. Randall offer a research guide for their English Language Learner students, listing helpful online resources. Links to ProCon.org and the Spanish language site ProCon.org.es.
CJ McDonald, a Civics/Government, History, and Social Studies teacher used ProCon.org in the classroom because it "offered arguments from each side," and helped students "take perspective and evaluate arguments."
Mr. Ferlazzo's website post "The Best Sites for Students to Create & Participate in Online Debates" describes ProCon.org as presenting "very well-researched pro and con positions" and a "good model or students to use as they craft their own positions."
A librarian at Lyme Central uses ProCon.org to "get good arguments and background information for a variety of social studies and health topics... You do a wonderful job on the website... so WELL organized and accessible to my students."
Educator and Director Mr. Bill Eddy utilizes ProCon.org in the classroom and states: "Thank you, very much for this incredible service you are providing, which definitely seems to be improving education and encouraging critical thinking in our students. You are very much appreciated."
Teacher at Malibu High School offers a 9th grade English class "that is health and ethics combined, so I print out your pro-con pages on topics, have them write about them in their journals, and the next day we debate the topic."
Teacher Robert Kuhnert has students "research controversial issues prior to discussing them in my Honors American Government classes. ProCon.org is one of the best sources for this research. Following the class discussion, students must make an entry in their online Issues Journals detailing what they believe about the issue and why they believe what they do. ProCon.org is perfect for exposing students to a variety of perspectives on an issue which translates into greater tolerance and understanding of opposing viewpoints during positive and respectul discourse during class discussions."
Ms. Mary Linton uses ProCon.org in the classroom "as a foundation for teaching the students about arguments. I hope that they will see that decisions
can be complex and that there are advantages and disadvantages to decisions."
Teacher L Brewer finds ProCon.org useful for students to clarify positions for research and lead them to substantial research articles. For upper-level classes, L Brewer uses ProCon.org for an analysis of sources to determine who is biased or unbiased, and appreciates ProCon.org's clear organization for classroom use.
Librarian Lise Whatley refers students to ProCon.org. "I find your site extremely helpful when I need to show students how to look at a subject from both sides. It has also been useful in providing quotes and arguments to use in our debates."
Michael J. Petrides School
Staten Island, New York
Civics/Government, Economics, Geography, Political Science
Library Media Specialist Ms. Lindsey Hintelmann uses ProCon.org and states: "My students cover many ethical issues in their studies. I find ProCon.Org useful in helping them see both sides of an issue."
Teacher Shirley states: "We used Procon.org to research a controversial issue. We needed a balanced presentation for the issue of the legalization of medical marijuana." She also says: "I love your website!"
Requires students to read portions of Israeli-Palestinian ProCon.org before writing a personal account of a major event in the history of the conflict from the point of view of an Israeli or Palestinian student. Links to ProCon.org
Teacher uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states that it provides "students with a solid framework to gain a clear understanding of certain issues. This understanding gave students a sense of direction as they searched for additional evidence to enhance their arguments. It's easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of information available today."
Teacher of Speech Improvement Tova Schwed used ProCon.org by printing out "the list of topics and had them chose which they were most interested in, what they know/ don't know about those topics and what they want to learn more about."
History teacher Betsy Walsh says, "We used the candidate summary on political platforms and what their views were regarding specific issues. It was an awesome tool and super helpful to have students use in class."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Steven Puentes uses ProCon.org and states: "Pro/con is an excellent website to do a public policy paper for American Government. It covers a great deal of topics that students can choose. This website enables the student to get an unbiased view on public topics and then begin to form their own opinion of the subject."
Civics teacher Monica Anderson refers students to ProCon.org to "enable them to refute the opposition" in their persuasive essays. Anderson says that "It helped them to clarify their thinking about an issue and allowed them to see other view points."
English teachers Ms. Bernardin, Ms. Santana, and Mr. Tiénou-Gustafson link to 2012 Election ProCon.org under the "How do the 2 main political parties (Democrats & Republicans) compare?" section as a resource for an "English 1 Writing Project."
The Topics and Sessions list for the 2010 Ethics and Leadership Conference hosted by NCSSM features a session on capital punishment that assigned students reading from Death Penalty ProCon.org. Another session on religious freedom assigned reading from WTC Muslim Center ProCon.org.
Reading teacher Pam Cyphert uses ProCon.org by letting students choose a topic and answer questions about the relevance and usefulness of the material. The students also evaluated information on ProCon.org and looked for bias. "When polled, my 9th graders resoundingly felt the assignment and the web site were useful and interesting."
Social Studies teacher Mr. Matt Aber uses DeathPenalty.ProCon.org for a class project on the death penalty: "We first discussed the significance of the theoretical expertise rankings system and the importance of credible sources of information. After going through the pros and cons by category, students had to write a letter to the Governor of Ohio expressing their support for or abolition of Ohio's current death penalty system."
English Language Arts teacher Ms. Kimberly Fain uses ProCon.org and states: "My English IV students wrote their research papers on controversial topics. Many of them were able to find information using ProCon.org."
Library Media Specialist Gail Terranova refers ProCon.org to students and states: "
I always refer to it when students are in the library doing research on a controversial subject. It gives them a tremendous amount of good reliable information all in one place versus doing a Google search."
English teacher used Euthanasia ProCon.org to have students discuss the pros and cons of the issue. "It was enjoyable for everyone and I know that they have been constantly referring to the site for updates and checking their points of discussion."
Civics, History and Speech/Debate teacher at O'Connor High School states: "I have two research projects I require of all my classes, and I refer my students to ProCon.org as a vetted resource."
O'Gorman Catholic High School
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Librarian Ms. Mary G. Johnson uses ProCon.org and states: "
I am using ProCon.org to help students with research in a persuasive writing class. It is one of many resources they will use. Others are databases which we have free access to."
Mrs. Read's AP US History course syllabus gives detailed instructions for completing a current issue research project. Directs students to visit ProCon.org and select two issues to research, read the 1-Minute Overviews, and print out the Top 10 Pros and Cons to bring to class. Students are also instructed to critically think about the debates presented to prepare for a diagnostic writing assignment.
School website links to ProCon.org as a “class resource” for teachers and states that ProCon.org is a “great website that offers key data and arguments on a number of controversial issues in the United States.”
Library Media Specialist Kathy Strarks uses ProCon.org for research in Government, Sociology, and English classes, among others: "This is one of the best free sites available, and I recommend it highly to anyone who needs it."
Ms. Debra S. Couch, AP Literature teacher, uses ProCon.org in the classroom and states that "I introduce many subject domains when I teach both Lang & Lit so your site opens many doors for my students."
Librarian and teacher Ms. Annette Demel uses ProCon.org in the classroom as "a regular resource for students writing persuasive papers," and as "an informational source for students seeking
background knowledge about a current issue."
Library Guide links to ProCon.org as a database for use in debate of the book Brave New World. It describes ProCon.org as "An award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to providing information on all sides of controversial questions."
Library Media Specialist Dhaivyd Hilgendorf says, "We also subscribe to EBSCO's Points of View Reference
Center and SIRS Knowledge Source, by ProQuest. However, I find that the topics on ProCon are treated with more depth and are pertinent contemporary issues."
Social Studies teacher Ms. Lara Paparo uses ProCon.org and states: "Gave them the opportunities to see the opposite side of their opinions, help them articulate what their beliefs are, and see how to best support an argument with facts, statistics and information."
US Government, Economics, World History and US History teacher George A. Thomson's outline of a study unit on the US-Mexico border. Links to Illegal Immigration ProCon.org and asks students to take a position on the border wall issue.
American History and Social Studies teacher Jennifer Slingland links to 2012 Election ProCon.org on her Twitter page and states: "Take this political quiz and see who you align with and tell me if you were surprised or not!!"
A teacher at Pioneer used ProCon.org for class activities. "I have the students read the pro/con issue, have them write an argument based on the material they have read and we debate the issue in class."
Sandra Bertrand, Science teacher, lists Climate Change ProCon.org on her "Energy and Water Cycle" links page. She tells students "use only this website to do the Venn diagram homework. You should read through all of the arguments and scientific analysis. Check out the short video clips towards the bottom of the page as well."
Pittsford Sutherland High School
Pittsford, New York
Civic/Government, Social Studies
ProCon.org is used as a springboard for further research and in assignments for students to write their own single page position essays in Civic/Government and Social Studies classes.
Medical Ethics teacher refers students to ProCon.org to "to enrich our in-class debates...I'm new to your site, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Thank you for the emails - they are always filled with good topics & information."
English teacher Dean Siers uses ProCon.org and states: "As a teacher, I have assigned my seniors a position paper as their final exam. I have given ProCon, Upfront Mag, Opposing Viewpoints Database and a few other resources. They find ProCon and Upfront to be easiest to use. As a librarian, I have passed knowledge of this site to other teachers, particularly history (gov, econ) and science teachers.
Political Science Teacher Patrick Connell refers students to ProCon.org for debates. "We have utilized ProCon.org to frame both sides of the issue and allow our students to truly grasp the concept and gain from the experience."
Mr. Benjamin Dow's Contemporary World Problems class links to the the 2012 Election ProCon.org candidate summary chart as a resource to help students complete their May 24, 2012 homework assignment on comparing the presidential candidates views on a series of questions.
Prairie Point High School Social Studies instructor writes that he uses "ProCon.org as a starting point for the students to get a basic understanding of the topic before finding more articles that support their case."
Mr. Adam Foxman uses ProCon.org in the classroom by giving "students your lists of facts on both sides of controversial issues to help them write theses. We also used your site to practice making arguments and counter-arguments."
Social Studies teacher Stephen Kimball says, "I teach political science/civics, and we are always looking at controversial issues that require critical, reflective thinking. ProCon.org is--by far--the best resource I have found to meaningfully learn about and evaluate these issues. Both sides of the debate are well-represented, and there is always a 'background' section to the site so students can first learn about the issue."
Mr. Jose de la Cruz used ProCon.org in the classroom for "a unit on persuasion, I had my students look for a topic, choose a position, and provide information in support of their position." He states the ProCon.org gives students "acess to the two sides of a topic which helps them to step outside their shoes and consider other
points of view."
AP Government teacher Paul Brennan refers students to ProCon.org to develop their own opinions during a policy unit. "I can't thank you enough for providing this concise, up-to-date, and convenient for my students."
Mr. Cook's class summary ranks Abortion ProCon.org at the top of a list of five abortion resources, as part of an assignment headed "8. Issue 2 Reading." Abortion ProCon.org is described as "Definitely neutral, giving both sides of the issue unbiasedly."
Social Studies teacher Ben Bohmfalk profiles "the best free websites for high school teachers and students." Lists among ProCon.org's strengths, "best student-oriented background information on each issue."
Social Studies teacher Carrie Richards uses ProCon.org for a project on the judicial branch of government: "I work with an alt. ed population so normal social interaction is sometimes difficult because of behavior, so an old fashion debate is out. What I have done instead is print out the statements along with the pros/cons and break the class into three groups. One group takes the facts and creates a poster. Another makes a poster of the cons and the other does the pros. When they are completed we discuss the posters and each student then writes a short paragraph of how they would rule on the case."
High school librarian recommends ProCon.org and writes: "The sophomores were beginning their big research paper, and several of them were doing topics that I knew were covered by ProCon. I referred them to the site.Great balance. Can't wait to see more topics covered."
Mr. Robert Galante, Social Studies and French teacher used ProCon.org in an assignment where he gave the students a proposition and had them examine "the pro/con documents from your site on the issues," and "integrate quotes and facts" from ProCon.org.
History teacher Ms. Gwen Hanna uses ProCon.org and states: "Students use the site for obtaining information on issues for government class and for the Junior State of America debates. During election campaigns, they also use the site for information on the candidates and political parties."
English teacher links to Prostitution.ProCon.org on a class blog entry on the legality of prostitution in the US and writes, "Where is prostitution legal, illegal or limitedly legal? Well thanks to the help of Prostitution Procon.org we can know."
Julie Fraad, Asssistant Principal and English and History teacher, states that all of her students use ProCon.org: "They are all using it to write a Position Paper. I used it in my teaching as well... In one very successful lesson students were learning a series of logical fallacies: hasty generalizations, ad hominem, red herrings, ergo hoc propter hoc, and I asked the students to use the logical fallacies to disprove the arguments of the opposing side using Gay Marriage as a model."