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You are an issues analyst who has just joined the staff of a newly elected U.S. Senator. Your new boss has asked you to advise her on key issues that affect business and her constituents. You’ll research the material in one of the contentious issues listed below, then write a position paper and a short opinion piece, about 1,600 to 2,000 words in all.
Here’s how you should proceed. You’ll choose a topic that interests you from the list below. You’ll read about the topic on websites, newspapers, opinion pages, and think tanks, taking note of how advocates on both sides argue the case. In the memo to the senator of about 1,000-1,500 words, you’ll use your critical thinking skills to assess and critique the quality of the arguments and rhetoric. Which positions stand on sound logic, well supported by evidence? Which rely on emotion, logical fallacies, slipshod evidence and other flawed reasoning? Your discussion should carefully lay out the best and worst of both sides. The memo should end with a decision: advise the senator which position to take.
Now that you’re in command of the arguments, write an opinion piece arguing your position that might run in The Wall Street Journal or the Los Angeles Times. Lay out your most persuasive arguments in 400-600 words. Advocate your case in the strongest possible way. Be quick, pointed, deft and interesting.
Finally, add a sources list and submit the two writings together.
Please select one of the following issues:
• Education: To improve schools, should we base teachers’ pay and promotions on accountability measures like how well students score on standardized tests?
• Unions: Are unions (public sector, private sector or both) still useful to society or have they become counterproductive?
• Drugs: Should marijuana be legalized in California?
• Immigration: should the new immigration bill support an amnesty for otherwise law abiding illegal residents?
• Intellectual property: from music and movie pirating to the Wikileaks case and the death of Aaron Swartz, should intellectual property be protected or free and available on the Internet?