SITC Ideas in Action Newsletter
SITC Student Contests

Have you heard the news? We’ve launched our new essay and video contests, and this year—for the first time ever—we’re providing students with three topics to choose from! We're giving giving away $25,000 in cash awards to students & teachers!

Here's Even More Great News! We're now offering separate essay and video contests for middle school students— increasing their chances of winning a prize!

Free Classroom DVDs: For over a decade, we’ve provided educators with DVDs curated specifically for the classroom. We stopped creating these to focus on our streaming videos and other online resources, however for a limited time you can still order past editions—100% free, including the shipping. But hurry—they’re only available through the end of the year!

Both Sides: Stimulus and Inflation

Both Sides: Stimulus and Inflation: What exactly is inflation? Do stimulus checks help to stimulate the economy? If spending money is good, why doesn’t the government keep printing money to give to people? Watch our latest Both Sides installment and discuss this important issue with your classroom.

Both Sides: How is Climate Change Impacting Hurricanes?: Is global warming leading to more hurricanes? Will reducing carbon emissions help us in the long-run? Is it more important to focus on global warming, or should we focus on the impact of global poverty? Can we do both? These videos can lead to engaging classroom conversations on climate change.

Little Pink House

Enough Crony Capitalism: Why would a company want its industry regulated? What effect does lobbying have on economic policy? What really drives lobbying—the government having too much power over businesses or businesses seeking to limit competition? In this video, John Stossel examines the motivations behind cronyism. Watch with your students and discuss!

Finding Freedom: Escape from North Korea: What is freedom & how important is it? People use the word freedom differently, but when we look at North Korea, there's little disagreement that their citizens are not free. Watch our video about one person's escape, then discuss the meaning and value of freedom with your students.

John Stossel on Coronavirus Censorship: Have you used our columns in your classroom? Stossel in the Classroom has a selection of columns specifically chosen with you and your students in mind. Check out one of his latest pieces about Coronavirus Censorship and the impact of political bias on the distribution of information.

FIRE Annual High School Essay Contest: The nonpartisan Foundation for Individual Rights (FIRE), which defends Constitutional freedoms on campus, is now accepting entries into its annual Free Speech Essay Contest, open to current high school juniors and seniors. First Prize is $10,000! Entries are due by midnight December 31. This year's prompt is: In a persuasive letter or essay, convince your peers that free-speech is a better idea than censorship.

Using Dystopian Literature to Teach the Bill of Rights: Do you use literature to bring ideas to life in your classroom? Dystopian literature is a great way to make abstract political ideas more concrete for students. Here, Edutopia discusses how to help students compare the freedoms lost in dystopian novels with the freedoms secured in the Bill of Rights.

Common Sense Media Free PDs

My Philosophy for a Happy Life: In this Ted Talks, student Sam Burns shared his philosophy for living a happy life, despite his personal struggle with the rare genetic disease—progeria. In his talk, given shortly before his death in 2014, Sam discussed how continuing to focus on his goals and dreams kept him inspired, and how surrounding himself with his friends and family and appreciating those he loved brought value to his life. Watch with your students today.


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