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Using ProCon.org for Critical Thinking about Illegal Immigration

ProCon.org at the 2012 Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) Symposium at UCLA



On July 25, 2012, for the fourth year in a row, ProCon.org gave a workshop titled "Using ProCon.org for Critical Thinking about Illegal Immigration"  (40 KB) to about 100 Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) high school students attending JSA's "Gene A. Burd Symposium on Los Angeles Media and Politics" on the UCLA campus.

The interactive seminar exposed students to four competing statements on whether or not illegal immigration presents a burden to the US economy. To highlight specific forms of critical thinking, those statements were then analyzed individually and discussed in groups. Students not only learned more about illegal immigration and its impact on the US economy, but perhaps more importantly, they honed critical thinking skills which could be applied to any issue.

ProCon.org President Kamy Akhavan ProCon.org President Kamy Akhavan
JSA students JSA students