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2013 Edition DVD:
Good Intentions Gone Wrong
Use specially selected segments from John Stossel's television programs to spark thoughtful, engaging, curriculum-driven class discussions.
This FREE 77-minute DVD, includes ten segments from John Stossel television programs (listed below), chosen and edited specifically for the classroom. Don't want to wait for a DVD to be delivered? We now offer the segments as streaming video. Just click the segment video links in the left sidebar.
To supplement your 2013 Edition video segments, we also provide you with a FREE downloadable and printable Teacher Guide (available in English and Spanish) with suggested lesson plans, discussion topics, worksheets, and activities! The guides are included on the DVD, as well as being available on our Teacher's Guides page to download.
- Lemonade Stand: Consumer Protection Gone Wrong: What’s happened to freedom in America? Are there too many laws? Can the average American even know what’s legal and what’s illegal today? This segment looks at several examples of people unknowingly running afoul of the government, including children selling lemonade and Girl Scout cookies in front of their homes, a lobster importer, and people building a home on their own land.
- Professional Panhandling: Charity Gone Wrong : How can we help those in need? And just who is in need? How do we know? Do people who panhandle really need money to survive? Do our attempts to help people really help them? This segment looks at panhandling and charitable intentions.
- Food Police: Regulation Gone Wrong: Should people be allowed to eat whatever they want? Even if it’s bad for them? What are the limits on freedom? What are the limits on government power? This segment looks at some regulations on food and asks the question: Is it the role of government to protect me from myself?
- Job Creation Gone Wrong: Who creates jobs? And who creates jobs the best? Can the government help, or do government attempts to create jobs lead to inefficiencies and waste? Do government regulations help or hinder job creation? This segment looks at job creation and the role of government.
- Innovation: Private vs. Public: Can politics and politicians solve all our problems? Is government more effective than private enterprise? Can’t we count on the entrepreneurial spirit to innovate and to develop solutions to the problems we face? This segment looks at several entrepreneurial endeavors, including energy efficient cars, space travel, and new methods of cleaning up oil spills.
- Collaboration Leads to Innovation: Why has life changed so much over the past few centuries, after remaining relatively the same for hundreds of thousands of years? Why does it seem that changes occur faster now than in the past? How have our lives been affected by innovation? What does the future hold? This segment looks at the reasons for and results of collaboration and innovation.
- Mystery of Happiness: Is Happiness Relative?: What makes people happy? Are we happiest when we’re doing well, or when we’re doing better than others? On what do we base our happiness? This segment looks at the relativity of happiness.
- Income Disparity: Should Equality Be the Goal?: What is the problem with some people having more money than others? Would it be better if everyone had the same? What if we could make sure everyone earned the same amount of money as everyone else? What would happen then? This segment looks at income disparity in America.
- Police Accountability: Privacy Laws Gone Wrong: What’s the difference between secrecy and privacy? Should public servants have a right to privacy while at work? If people are allowed to video record public officials, will that affect the way those officials do their jobs? If so, will the effects be positive or negative? This segment looks at the debate over video recording of police.
- Censorship at College: Politeness Gone Wrong: Is college really a bastion of free speech, a marketplace of ideas, where views can be discussed in an atmosphere of openness? Are some cultural, economic, and political views more acceptable on campus than others? Who decides? Should only one side of a debate be allowed on campus, because some students might be bothered by the other side? This segment looks at the debate over limiting free speech on college campuses.