This lesson plan was created in partnership with the National Constitution Center in advance of Constitution Day on Sept. 17. For information about a related cross-classroom “Constitutional Exchange,” see The Lauder Project. _________ While Americans generally agree that the First Amendment to the Constitution protects the freedom of speech, there are disagreements over when, where, how and if speech should be ever limited or restricted. This lesson plan encourages students to examine their own assumptions about what freedom of speech really means, as well as to deepen their understanding of the current accepted interpretation of speech rights under the First Amendment. The lesson should reinforce the robustness of the First Amendment protections of speech. While teaching, you may want to use all or part of this related Student Opinion question, which asks: Why is freedom of speech an important right? When, if ever, can it be limited? _________ Warm Up Using this … [Read more...] about Freedom of Speech? A Lesson on Understanding the Protections and Limits of the First Amendment
SAN FRANCISCO — Google gave Andy Rubin, the creator of Android mobile software, a hero’s farewell when he left the company in October 2014. “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” Larry Page, Google’s chief executive then, said in a public statement. “With Android he created something truly remarkable — with a billion-plus happy users.” What Google did not make public was that an employee had accused Mr. Rubin of sexual misconduct. The woman, with whom Mr. Rubin had been having an extramarital relationship, said he coerced her into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013, according to two company executives with knowledge of the episode. Google investigated and concluded her claim was credible, said the people, who spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing confidentiality agreements. Mr. Rubin was notified, they said, and Mr. Page asked for his resignation. Google could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him … [Read more...] about How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’
In 2003, enterprising criminals in Southeast Asia realized that they could exploit a loophole in South Africa’s hunting laws to move rhino horns legally across international borders. Normally, North Americans and Europeans account for the bulk of South Africa’s rhino hunting permits. But that year, 10 Vietnamese “hunters” quietly applied as well. Hunters are allowed to transport legally obtained trophies across borders under various international and domestic laws. The Vietnamese hunters each returned home with the mounted horn, head or even whole body of a rhino. Word spread. Though Vietnam and other Asian countries have no history of big-game sport hunting, South Africa was soon inundated with applicants from Asia, who sometimes paid $85,000 or more to shoot a single white rhino. That represented the beginning of an illicit industry referred to as pseudo-hunting — a first step toward the rhino poaching crisis that rages today. And the story of one of … [Read more...] about How to Stop Poaching and Protect Endangered Species? Forget the ‘Kingpins’
Durham, North Carolina (CNN)Samuel's shoes are still by the bed -- the flip flops he wore when he shuffled to the shower, the shiny black loafers he slipped on for Sunday services. But Samuel is gone. The 47-year-old walked out the door of his basement apartment a month ago and never came back. The story of Samuel Oliver-Bruno and the church that tried to protect him made national news. Videos of his arrest at an immigration office went viral. So did the images of religious leaders, church members and supporters locking arms as they surrounded an ICE van in a standoff that lasted hours. Undocumented man is arrested after leaving sanctuary church. His supporters were detained, too But there was another circle of people you didn't see that day. Read More They were inside other churches just miles away, glued to their phones and laptops, filled with a growing sense of dread. They panicked as they watched live video of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents … [Read more...] about They thought living in churches would protect them. Now they fear nowhere is safe
How can I protect my investments against inflation? Even as your investments increase in value, inflation can eat away at what they're worth. There are things investors can do to hedge the immediate effects of inflation, or earn a return that outpaces inflation over time. But it can be hard to predict. "After-inflation returns are the only ones that matter for investors in the real world," says Robinson Crawford, an investment adviser with Montebello Avenue. Even if inflation is currently rising more slowly than analysts predicted, it's better to be prepared. Read More Stocks Financial advisers say one of the most consistent hedges against inflation is a properly diversified stock portfolio. Equities have historically outpaced inflation, says Sean C. Gillespie, a financial planner with Redeployment Wealth Strategies says that while there is inherent volatility in a stock portfolio, "equities are a long-term asset for your plan just like inflation is a long-term threat." To … [Read more...] about How can I protect my investments from inflation?