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15. California Drought Photo Gallery

The year 2013 was the driest in California’s recorded history.  This is a follow-up from the story you read about the massive plans to pump water into Southern California.  View the gallery and read the captions.  Discuss several of the pictures you found interesting and reflect on the potential causes and implications of the drought.


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14. The Case Against High-School Sports

The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide.  This very interesting article evaluates America’s obsession with sports, and what is at stake because of it.


  • What are the costs of school athletics as they currently exist?  Think of costs in expansive, economic terms (financial costs + opportunity costs).

In your response…

  • Argue a position.  Do you think the current status of sports in American schools is justifiable?  What type of system would you propose?

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13. 10 Surprising Economic Trends

This very interesting list summarizes 10 economic trends that contradict commonly held beliefs about what is happening in the world.  Despite many discouraging forecasts, most of these are surprisingly optimistic!

Read all of them, but choose three (3) that you find most interesting to reflect on in your response.  Why do they interest/surprise you? What implications do they have for the future?