2. Compare and contrast the city and suburb in terms of race, social class and party politics.
The people who live in the suburbs have more time to spend with their family and friends, than with
work. At the same time, a healthier lifestyle is promoted in
3. Discuss the significance of Roe v. Wade (1973)
In its ruling, the court recognized for the first time that the constitutional right to privacy is broad
enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy (Roe v. Wade,
2. Discuss "No Child Left Behind." Are there problems with the program?
Many believe that because there is such great pressure for students to receive a certain score or show
the amount of growth required that curriculum has become too narrow and focusing
1. Compare and contrast magnet schools and charter schools
Another significant difference is that a magnet school is part of the public school system, the result of a
decision by a democratic board to create a school for a special purpose. By contrast, a
3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of educational vouchers.
Because universal vouchers are politically contentious, most programs have been structured to target
specific populations who may otherwise face genuine difficulties obtaining high-quali
4. Video: After viewing the video below, discuss John Stossel's opinion of vouchers. Do you agree with
him? Why or why not?
This whole school choice debate ignores one very important point: private schools are able to attract the
best and the brightest st
1. Who are the poor in America? What does family structure have to do with poverty?
The gap in economic outcomes between single-parent households and those headed by married
couples is large and growing. The proportion of single-mother households living i
1. Over the course of history the national government have been removing the control over voting from
the states and have made it the responsibility of the federal government. This was possible because of
constitutional amendments, congressional actions,
1. There are many advantages and disadvantages to federalism for the United States. A few
advantages of federalism are Auxiliary Precautions against Tyranny, dispersing power,
increasing participation, improving efficiency, ensuring policy responsiveness,
1. Economic development is defined as a population growth and the income and the educational levels of the
states population (defined by the text book). Population growth indicates the changing requirements of a
state. The sun belt states were the fastest
2. Discuss Affirmative Action. What is the purpose? Should it apply to blacks and Hispanics? How about
The purpose of affirmative action is to establish fair access to employment opportunities to create a
workforce that is an accurate re
1. Discuss the "separate but equal doctrine." How did the Supreme Court interpret the doctrine in
Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and Brown v. Board of Education (1954)?
In the pivotal case of Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial
1. Discuss the meaning of the NIMBY syndrome.
NIMBY syndrome first became popular in the 1980s and referred to major community resistance
to new incinerator siting, landfills, prisons and roads. NIMBY is the acronym for Not in My Back
Yard. NIMBY syndrome
2. What does NIMBY mean? Discuss it as it applies to wind power in the video. Apply the NIMBY
principle to a specific controversy in your neighborhood, town, and district.
NIMBY refers to the idea that, while people may be aware of the necessity of some u
3. Why is there a concentration of social problems in the inner city? What are they?
Social factors affecting inner city problem has stricken the country with thousands of inner city families
facing dilemmas that contribute to their inability to reach a h
3. Is it possible for cities to go "too far" when "taking" property for public use? Explain.
Yes it can be possible for cities to go too far when taking property for public use. It's critical to know your
options and protect your property rights when face
4. What are the causes of suburban sprawl and how is it measured?
Sprawl is driven by myopic public policies, irresponsible private practices, outdated cultural norms and
population growth. The mix of these factors is different in every metropolitan area,
4. What does the Constitution say about government taking property from citizens?
Only certain types of takings cases present serious interpretive questions. It is clear that when the
government physically seizes property (as for a highway or a park, for
1. Distinguish between progressive, regressive and proportional taxes. Give an example of each.
Under a regressive tax system, individuals and entities with low incomes pay a higher amount of
that income in taxes compared to high-income earners. Rather th
3. Of the explanations for tax revolts discussed in the book, which one is the most convincing or
persuasive? Least convincing or persuasive?
The shift in lost revenue from property simply moved to income, which has harmed businesses
particularly small an
2. What is the primary source of revenue for the following levels of government?
a. federal - Individual income taxes and payroll taxes accounted for 82 percent of all federal revenues in
fiscal year 2010. Corporate income taxes contributed another 9 perc