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PA School Prerequisites: Admissions Directors Answer Your Burning Questions

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Admissions Directors Tell All - PA School Prerequisites As you probably know by now, if you want to get into PA school you must complete the necessary prerequisite coursework.

I have discussed this in detail in a previous post  Prerequisite Coursework: How to Design the Perfect Pre-PA School Curriculum .

Today, we are going a step further by giving you answers to some of the most common PA school prerequisite questions.

And the best part is:

These answers are directly from the PA school admissions committee themselves.

PA School Prerequisite Q&A

  1. Do You Look Down On Community College Prerequisite Coursework?
  2. Do PA School Prerequisite Classes Expire?
  3. Can I Apply With Coursework in Progress?
  4. Do My Prerequisite Courses Fulfill The Requirements?
  5. Do You Accept Online Prerequisite Coursework?
  6. Is There a Minimum GPA for Prerequisite Coursework?
  7. Do You Accept Prerequisite Courses Completed at Different Colleges?
  8. Is Lab Required?
  9. How About Repeat Courses?
  10. Graduate Or Undergraduate Courses?
  11. Dropped Courses?

The following are questions asked by pre-PAs as part of the annual Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) forum where ADCOMs from 30 top PA schools come together for a weekend and answer your questions. Schools such as Duke, Butler, Penn State College of Medicine, Yale, and Case Western Reserve (to name just a few).

Below you will find the question in bold with the answer given by the ADCOM (admissions committee) in blockquote. I have provided a summary of recommendations in yellow at the end of each section as well as an overall summary at the end of this post.

Got more questions or some helpful advice? Please let us know in the comments section.

1. Do You Look Down On Community College Prerequisite Coursework?

What is your take on applicants that take only one required course at a county college?

One or two community college courses is fine. The only time it becomes a concern is if ALL of your science or prereqs come from a community college, or there are multiple community colleges you have attended. – A.T. Still University

How do you view community college classes? Say if I take a prerequisite course at a community college, but it was a simple general education class such as sociology?

Community college classes are fine. We know many people do not have the resources to go back and take pre-reqs at four-year schools – Duke University

I took all my science classes at community college. Will that be a problem?

Having all of your science from a community college will be a weakness on your application. If you have some science courses at a 4-year university that will help, but having completed all your science classes at CC will be a negative factor. – A.T. Still University

If I do plan to retake some courses, does it matter if it’s at a local college or university? I can take some at the university level but others I can only retake at the college level because of financial hardship

You can complete coursework at any regionally accredited institution. This can include a community college or online as well. – Butler University

So long as the courses are completed at a regionally accredited institution, they will satisfy. It does not matter to us if they are from community college or a four year institution. We are aware of the significant costs for applicants and students alike and we encourage you to complete them in a way that is cost-effective and works for you. – Penn State College of Medicine

I took all of my prerequisites at the community college level. Would you suggest re-taking any at a University or would it be better to put my focus into improving other areas of my application such as patient care? How much of a negative impact does this hold? My GPA is strong, and I have significant volunteer hours.

In your case, I would not suggest retaking the courses. Yes, focus on your strengths so that you can offset the community college science courses. If you have an opportunity to take an upper-level science course at a 4-year university, you might consider that, but focus on the strong aspects of your application. It’s not a one-strike and you are done – the whole process is flexible and holistic. – A.T. Still University

I had a school tell me that because I took my last few courses at a community college that was held against me and that I was 3 of their scoring points away from an interview. How do you guys feel about that?

Upper division prerequisite requirements can be completed at a four-year institution, community college, or online courses from regionally accredited institutions. We do not look down on community college coursework. It will be factored in the same way – Penn State College of Medicine

Does your PA program accept prerequisites from Tri counties community college?

Yes, we will accept prerequisites from Tri C or other community colleges. – Case Western Reserve

Summary: Some schools do care if all of your prerequisites courses are taken at a community college, but the vast majority don’t. If you can, it is best to research your preferred PA school’s website and contact the program admission team.

2. Do PA School Prerequisite Classes Expire?

I would like to know if the prereq classes taken in undergrad in 2003 would be considered in factoring GPA or should I retake them. I can try to retake some at a university, but because of my financial situation, I can only afford community college courses. Will this be ok? Thanks

Courses you have taken do not expire for us. We will use your coursework from 2003 in our transcript review to determine which prerequisites are fulfilled. – Yale University

I completed my science classes in 2008, should I retake them?

If you’ve been working in healthcare full-time since graduating we would waive that requirement – Penn State College of Medicine

Do you accept a three-credit Humanities course if it was taken six years ago in 2011?

Yes, we will accept humanities credits that are older than 5 years. Only science credits must be taken within 5 years. – Touro University

My question is whether or not classes taken during undergrad “expire?” I graduated with a B.S in Biology in 2013 but started college in 2006. I was in the Air Force, so my undergrad took a long time to complete. As it stands, I am currently living as an Air Force dependent in Germany with my spouse while they finish their 4-year tour. I will not be applying to PA school for another three years. I was wondering since I will have been out of school for six years when I apply, will this hurt my application? I don’t know if the time since my classes were taken, will work against me?

The courses that “time out” are Anatomy and Physiology. That course series must be completed within 5 years of matriculation so you may need to refresh those courses. – Carroll University

I am a medical graduate from India applying for PA program. When you talk about GPA, is it the GPA of the prerequisite courses or the bachelor’s degree too? I received my bachelors in 1995 and have completed the prerequisites in the past two years. So which one counts more towards selection process?

The prereqs which must be completed within 10 years of applying count towards the selection process so we wouldn’t look at your 1995 coursework at all actually. – Case Western Reserve

I have a biology degree but graduated in 2002, are there any courses that your program wants to be more recent?

All of the prerequisites have to be completed within 10 years of applying to our program.  – Case Western Reserve

Do classes have an expiration date? Also, can I repeat some of the undergrad courses at a community college?

College credits do not expire. I only suggest retaking if you did very poorly in a prereq. Some students will take refresher courses or upper-level science to get back into “student mode” but remember, community college credits are not as rigorous as 4-year university credits. – A.T. Still University

I graduated with a BS in 2011, taking some core science classes in 2007. Since graduating, I have been working as a certified medical assistant and now working with CHC on the central coast. Would I need to retake the core classes? 

No need to retake the prereqs. Having them completed more than 5 years ago is not ideal, but you have more recent coursework and clinical/volunteering to make up for it. So I suggest not worrying about retaking any courses unless you earned a C or below in one. – A.T. Still University

Summary: There is a surprisingly large amount of variation here between schools. Some schools do not have an expiration date on courses while others require all course be completed within a 10-year window and some require 5-year’s for certain courses and no expiration on others. This could open (or close) a lot of doors depending on when you completed your prerequisite coursework. Take home message: Do your research before you apply!

3. Can I Apply With Coursework in Progress?

I had taken Anatomy and Physiology (separate and both with their respective labs) over seven years ago. I will be retaking these courses next spring. Can I still apply during the upcoming cycle?

Yes, you can apply with coursework in progress, you would list it as either in progress or planned on the application. – A.T. Still University

Can I take biochemistry after submitting my application? If so, does not having taken this class reflect negatively on my application?

You can have three outstanding prerequisites at the time of application. You must show your plan to complete the courses prior to entering the program. It will not reflect poorly if you have not yet completed biochemistry – Butler University

Genetics is the only prerequisite I have not taken. Could my application still be reviewed considering I have additional classes that offer a more holistic approach to the medical field?

You can apply with one outstanding prerequisite (Genetics), however, if accepted you will need to prove you took the course by December 31st and passed with a B or better. – Yale University

Many programs only allow non-science courses to be “in progress.” Should I be worried that my Biochem will still be in progress when I apply? Should I wait to apply?

No more than two prerequisites can be outstanding at the time of application and they need to be done by the fall of the application year. – Case Western Reserve

Summary: The best bet is to try to have all your prerequisite coursework completed before you apply. If not, you better check with the PA program ADCOM, that being said, most schools allow one or two prerequisite courses to be outstanding at the time of application.

4. Do My Prerequisite Courses Fulfill The Requirements?

What do you accept for the human anatomy prerequisites? I attended Penn State University, where I have taken Biology 129, titled Mammalian Anatomy. I have also taken Biology 497, a human cadaver dissection course and I use the dissected cadavers to teach my section of the Biology 129 lab. So, the Biology 129 course is called Mammalian Anatomy, but it is primarily human-focused. Will these courses be sufficient for the human anatomy prerequisite? And if so, should I match both of them on the CASPA application?

Sometimes those need approval by our PA Chair on a case by case basis so if you have a question about a particular class I would email the chair and include a complete course description (and syllabus if you have it) so we can run that by the chair to get approval for you. – A.T. Still University

I have a question about some wording on your website concerning your prerequisite coursework. Per your website, the prerequisite biology classes must be “at or above the 200 level.” I have completed two combined anatomy and physiology courses with labs which are on par with what is usually required to apply. However, at my school, these were not listed as being at the “200 level”. Could you give any more information on this pre-requisite expectation? 

We will look at your transcripts and if your courses are listed at the 200 level or higher in a biology related course then the course will count as fulfilling a prerequisite. – Butler University

Is it possible to substitute organic chemistry with biochemistry for the prerequisites?

We are not able to substitute Biochem for Organic Chem – Duke University

For the 2-semester psychology requirement, will neuroscience count? It is listed under the psychology department at my undergraduate university.

Neuroscience offered through your psychology departement will be accepted as one of the two psychology prereqs. – Carroll University

I was wondering if students that are applying would be able to designate which courses they would like used as prerequisites such as the choice between organic chemistry and biochemistry. Will the course with a higher grade automatically be used?

When you are asked to complete our secondary application, you will identify which courses you believe best satisfy our pre-requisites. We then verify these courses across your entire transcript. So my advice would be to best align your course with our course not necessarily take a course less appropriate just because it received a higher grade. As for OChem vs. Biochem – it absolutely is your choice – we require either – or….not both.  – Penn State College of Medicine

Could you please let me know the equivalent courses for biochemistry and organic chemistry or the course numbers?

The program does not endorse any one course or university/college at which to take prerequisite courses. We do accept either undergraduate or graduate level courses for biochem and organic but they must be separate courses and they must be specific to biochem and organic, not overview courses that combine lots of different topics. – Case Western Reserve

What are your thoughts on having endocrinology as an upper-level bio class compared to some of the other upper-level bio courses?

While endocrinology is not a prerequisite for Yale, certainly any upper-level biology courses will only help enhance your application and prepare you for a rigorous curriculum in a PA Program. – Yale University

Summary: Tap into your college and university academic advisor and make a plan. When I was in college I followed a pre-med track through my junior year until I discovered PA school. I met with my academic advisor who suggested I pursue a Zoology degree so that I could meet my genetics, microbiology, and anatomy/physiology prerequisites. I suggest you create a spreadsheet ( here is one I have started for you ) and compare prerequisite coursework across programs. When you meet with your advisor you can formulate your attack plan. If there are uncertainties, as I will say a million times, contact a couple PA programs and fill the gaps with knowledge!

5. Do You Accept Online Prerequisite Coursework?

I live in a small town where there is a private university and a community college. I still need to take couple prereqs and was thinking of taking them through UNE online courses, because the school in my town is so much more expensive than UNE. Would the UNE online courses be accepted as a prereq?

Online courses count as long as they are taken at a regionally accredited institution – Duke University

Can we take prerequisite courses online and attached lab on the campus?

Our requirement is that all prerequisite courses with labs must be taken “on ground.” – Case Western Reserve

Summary: Be careful with online courses, while many schools accept online classes, some school require that courses be taken on site. Again best to check before you decide to pursue an online degree.

6. Is There a Minimum GPA for Prerequisite Coursework?

If I have a C in one of my prerequisites, but my overall prerequisite GPA is a B would you suggest I retake that course?

It is difficult to say if you should retake the prerequisite, certainly the higher the better for your prerequisite GPA, so it may be to your benefit. – Yale University

So, your guys’ pre-requisite courses do not necessarily expire, but all prereqs must be met with a grade of a B?

The prerequisites do not have a grade minimum, but we calculate an overall prerequisite GPA.  If you are admitted to the program and have one outstanding course, you must complete the course by December 31st and earn a grade of B or better. – Yale University

Do you require all prereqs to be completed with a B or higher, or does your cumulative GPA just need to be a 3.0 or higher?

Your cumulative needs to be a 3.0 or higher. – Case Western Reserve

Summary: GPA requirements are the bane of many well-intended pre-PAs existences. It was definitely mine, and it is the one area where schools vary across the spectrum on requirements. I suggest you use a combination of tools starting with my paschoolfinder.com PA program match tool (where you can sort schools by overall and science GPA requirements) along with the PAEA Program Directory . Unless you have an overall and science GPA of 3.4 it is best to do your homework. If you are applying with a low GPA read this post to see what the ADCOMs have to say.

7. Do You Accept Prerequisite Courses Completed at Different Colleges?

I took Anatomy and Physiology 1 at one school and Anatomy and Physiology 2 at another. Will this affect my application?

No this does not impact your application from our standpoint – Penn State College of Medicine

Summary: Most schools just want to see that you have completed your prerequisites and maintained a relatively high standard. Having completed your prerequisites at different schools isn’t a big deal. If you have been to five different colleges in four years you may have some explaining to do but otherwise, in the words of Bobby McFerrin ” Don’t Worry Be Happy . “

8. Is Lab Required?

I noticed one of the prereqs is a physiology with a lab. How important is having this lab requirement? I have taken physiology without a lab and multiple anatomy classes with labs. I am also having trouble finding physiology lab classes to take separately.

Physiology lab is indeed a basic pre-requisite. We are strict about that. – Case Western Reserve

Summary: If the requirement says “lab” well then, you better have the lab. Most biology, physics, chemistry and anatomy/physiology courses have this as part of the course. This is not where you want to cut corners.

9 How About Repeat Courses?

Does repeated college courses give a bad impression of a student?

It depends on how many and what the trajectory of your studies look like.. Everyone has rough spots but the question is if its a pattern or if its an isolated instance with steady improvement thereafter. – Case Western Reserve

Summary: I think the admissions team at A.T Stills said it best in my post about applying to PA school with a low GPA : “We look for an upward trend in grades. We understand that some students have a hard transition to college, or they do not find focus until later. All of your grades will be averaged together, however, we still look for an upward trend. You do want to be somewhat close to the average GPA though. For example, if your total GPA is a 2.8, that is going to be hard to overcome. If it is a 3.0 or higher, with significant other experiences, we can work with that to an extent.”

10. Graduate or Undergraduate Courses?

Does your program factor graduate level work differently than undergraduate?

It does not.  – Case Western Reserve

Summary: CASPA calculates a GPA for your masters as well as undergrad coursework, schools look at both and take both into account. They are usually factored equally, but the trend (as always) matters.

11. Dropped Courses?

Do you take into account if you dropped a class then ended up retaking it later on? Will it essentially effect the application in any way?

We do consider if an applicant dropped a class and retook it later.  – Case Western Reserve

Summary: Of course schools will factor in dropped courses, they are looking for candidates who can handle the rigors of an intensive 2-3 year program. So you need to be careful here. If you drop a course and retake it scoring a 3.7 it isn’t going to look so bad. But lots of dropped course without good reason will not reflect highly.

Highlights and Summary

  • Community college classes are fine. We know many people do not have the resources to go back and take pre-reqs at four-year schools – Duke University
  • One or two community college courses is fine. The only time it becomes a concern is if ALL of your science or prereqs come from a community college, or there are multiple community colleges you have attended. – A.T. Still University
  • All of the prerequisites have to be completed within 10 years of applying to our program.  – Case Western Reserve
  • You can apply with coursework in progress, you would list it as either in progress or planned on the application. – A.T. Still University
  • Our requirement is that all prerequisite courses with labs must be taken “on ground.” – Case Western Reserve
  • Make sure to check when credits expire. You may (or may not have to retake courses)
  • We require that the pre-reqs be taken within ten years of your application. – Case Western Reserve
  • The prerequisites do not have a grade minimum, but we calculate an overall prerequisite GPA.  If you are admitted to the program and have one outstanding course, you must complete the course by December 31st and earn a grade of B or better. – Yale University

Do you have more questions or a helpful suggestion? Let us know in the comments section below, I always reply.

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Training and working as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) is a unique opportunity that will allow you to see the true nature of the medical field. There can times of great pride and joy as a CNA, but you have to keep in mind that it is no easy task. If you feel that you may have what it takes, read on to see what you can expect from your CNA classes and training .

 

The Good

With the proper certification, training, and experience work as a CNA is one of the most secure job markets out there. There will always be a need for nursing assistants and there exists a wide range of possible career opportunities available to those with CNA training.

Many CNA classes offer flexible hours, or short training courses, in order to accommodate students. If you have a family life, another job, or are taking other classes, many CNA courses can be completed at a time or pace that suits you.

 

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Being a CNA can be a demanding job at times. There will always be those patients that get upset when you are trying to help them, but you must always remember what you are doing: helping them! They may not thank you, but you will feel better knowing that they are clean, comfortable and secure. Closely related to this, as well is the emotional nature of the job. As you work so closely with patients, however, there will be the chance that you will develop a close relationship and bond with those you treat. You will be thankful that you were able to make their lives that bit easier and more comfortable while you were with them, but the doesn’t mean it won’t be hard along the way. This is one of the most difficult and rewarding jobs you can take.

 

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When you hear the term ‘nursing assistant’ there are a few images that may come to mind; some of which may not be pleasant. Working as CNA is not for those who are faint of heart. You will have a great deal of job satisfaction as a CNA, but you’ll have to deal with a few messes along the way. Everything in life comes at a cost, and one of the costs of becoming a CNA is seeing people at their worst. Bodily fluids, sadness from patients or their family, and high-pressure moments may occur on a regular basis. The work will be hard, and may not always be pretty, but there’s one thing we should never leave out. The impact you will make on your patients will be lifelong. While they may not remember you, you will always be able to appreciate that you helped someone for life.

 

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There are a lot of advantages to taking classes online . While there may be occasions where you need to log in at a specific time to attend a lecture, do group work or watch a webinar, most of the time you can work on our classwork at any time of day. You get to work at your own pace. You don’t have to drive or walk to class. For many of us who juggle school and a full-time job, it’s a great way to get classwork to fit in your personal schedule. Yet along with these advantages, there are pitfalls. It can be easy to fall behind and more difficult to get help from your professor. When compared to a traditional classroom, it is just a different learning environment. There is less supervision and often less structure, which makes it easier to form bad habits – habits that could hinder your success in the class. Here are five bad habits to avoid when taking online classes .

1. Watching Television or Other Distractions While Studying

When you are physically in a class, there are others around you who are all paying attention (hopefully) to what the professor is teaching. Students are engaged and asking questions. Often in online classes, your classwork consists of reading or watching a lecture, and then writing and responding to discussion posts. It happens almost without you noticing it. You’re in your own personal space reading your class material. Then you quickly check your Facebook status or you have YouTube playing in the background or are catching up on the latest episode of your favorite show. Then your “class time” becomes a time suck. Suddenly your class material becomes the background. The studying that should have taken you an hour has now taken three hours and you really don’t remember what all of it was about. You wouldn’t bring Netflix or YouTube or Facebook into a conventional class, and you shouldn’t bring it into your virtual class either! Class time is class time.

2. Studying Whenever You Have the Time

The freedom that comes with being able to choose when you study can also be your downfall. You need to schedule and block out time each week for your class work. If you spend your week waiting for a free hour or two for study time to show itself, it’s never going to happen. If you don’t proactively schedule time, then likely you won’t have enough time to finish your work.

3. I’ll Just Log into the Class Once a Week

It’s important to remember that if you’re taking an online class, the only interaction you’ll have with your professor and other students is online. Login and check the information on your class at least once a day. You may find that the professor has added important information or changes to the classwork for that week or added clarification to something students didn’t understand. Make sure you know what is going on with your class.

4. I Didn’t Read the Syllabus

Remember that, since this is an online course, you will not have face time with your professor very often. The syllabus is an important part of an online course and you should refer to it regularly to make sure you are where you need to be in the course each week. It will tell you what you need to know and possibly even assignments you need to complete each week to stay caught up.

5. Discussion Posts are Dumb

Many online classes have a discussion board where you are asked to make posts and respond to posts each week on a particular topic. Often there is a stated minimum activity on the discussion board, such as a requirement to create one post on a particular topic or question and respond to two posts that other classmates have created. This is not a waste of time. It is the online equivalent of class discussion and class participation. It allows you to exchange ideas and questions with your classmates and gives the professor a way to assess how well you are grasping the material. It’s best to do more than the minimum suggested posts, so that you get the most out of your classroom participation time. For many online classes, participation in discussion posts is part of your grade for the class.

Online classes are convenient, and can be a great way to earn college credit. Avoiding these bad habits can help you be successful in your online class and help you avoid unnecessary stress.

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Public Service is Personal JoyImagine spending a year in Taiwan touring the natural beauty of the Jade Mountain and experiencing Taiwanese culture and food. Now imagine doing that while also putting a smile on tons of underprivileged children faces. oesn!t the experience seem worthwhile to you” #r would you rather be sitting in class ta$ing notes” I strongly support the idea that young %mericans should be re&uired to spend at least one year in public service to give bac$ to the community and enhance their own $nowledge.%t first glance’ public service may seem to be a tedious and wasted labor( however there is a bigger picture to mandatory public service which is to give bac$ to the community. )esiding in Montgomery *ounty Public Schools’ I am re&uired to complete seventy+five hours of community service in order to obtain my graduation diploma. Many students argue that the mandatory seventy+five hours of service is far too much. ,owever’ I am highly supportive  because I believe that public service’ whether seventy+five hours or a whole year’ is necessary for young %mericans because of the lifelong lessons and s$ills cultivated by volunteering. Service learning is beneficial to a young %merican!s future career and builds a strong foundation of responsibility.)e&uiring public service teaches young %mericans civic responsibility in order to strengthen communities and enrich the learning of responsibilities for their future. Public service does not only benefit those whom receive the help’ but also the person or people whom perform the sincere act. The opportunity to serve the community gives a chance for students to -apply what theyve learned in the classroom to real human needs/ 0#nline *ollege1. %lthough many argue that re&uiring public service will ta$e too much time out of the already busy lives of young%mericans’ students will be able to use their $nowledge to -better solve problems/0-#nline

 

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Research involving British primary schoolchildren found that the length of time young people spend playing games, rather than their content, could have an effect on their behaviour or school performance – and even then only slightly so.

But it concluded that  fears that a generation of young people are growing up with their development impaired  by exposure to violent video games are no more likely to be borne out than previous “moral panics” over television and other media.

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One of today’s most debated topics is whether violent video games cause bad behavior. This topic has been researched for almost 30 years and there are still major opinion differences. Many psychologists say violent video games do cause bad behavior, and claim that games such as Manhunt, Grand Theft Auto, and Modern Warfare, desensitize people to violence, making it a norm in society. Others disagree, claiming that these games, although they can be very violent, can help people develop critical thinking skills. (Nonviolent video games are preferred for this though). The truth is, violent video games do both; studies indicated that some games increase aggressive thought, feelings and behaviors in both the long and short term. But, studies

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“Cursing and sexual dialogue round out the mix.) taught to do? Playing these games will not make them go out and shoot someone, but they use more aggressive language, and images, have less ability to control their anger, and externalize these things in violent ways.
Violent video games can harm society.
There are many issues when dealing with the two sides of this debate. Those who claim violent video games don’t harm society sometimes get their information from what they believe to be expert advice; many times this advice comes from “experts” hired by media industries. “The media industries spend so much money on trying to convince the general public that there is nothing to worry about,” says Craig Anderson, who was interviewed on “Violent Video Games and Other Media Violence”. “The media industry is very worried about its profits and will do almost anything to protect them.” People should also consider the times a violent video game was just the push some crazy kid needed to kill someone or do something crazy.
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PROTOTYPE OF FOUR WHEEL STEERING SYSTEM

Article (PDF Available) in International Journal of Scientific Research Volume : 4(Issue : 10):79-82 ·  October 2015with8,982 Reads

Rupesh Gupta at Chitkara University
Rupesh Gupta
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Abstract
Four wheel steering is a method developed in automobile industry for the effective turning of the vehicle and to
increase the maneuverability. In a typical front wheel steering system the rear wheels do not turn in the direction
of the curve and thus curb on the efficiency of the steering. In four wheel steering the rear wheels turn with the front wheels thus increasing the efficiency of the vehicle.

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KEYWORDS: 4 wheel steering system,
Turning Radius, Power supply Full wave
rectifier
PROTOTYPE OF FOUR WHEEL STEERING
SYSTEM
Chanpreet Singh
Faculty –Mechanical Engg. Deptt.,ChitkaraUniversity,Punjab India
IJSR – INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
60
1. INTRODUCTION
In city driving conditions the vehicle with higher track width and
wheelbase face problems of turning as the space is confined, the
same problem is faced in low speed cornering. e turning radius is
reduced in the four wheel steering of the vehicle which is effective in
confined space, in this project turning radius is reduced without
changing the dimension of the vehicle.
In situations like vehicle parking, low speed cornering and driving in
city conditions with heavy traffic in tight spaces, driving is very
difficult due to vehicle’s larger track width and wheelbase. Hence
there is a requirement of a mechanism which result in less turning
radius and it can be achieved by implementing four wheel steering.
2. WORKING OF EXISTING STEERING MECHANISM
e steering column is rotated by the steering wheel. At the end of
this column the steering gear box is fitted. erefore, the cross shaft
in the gear box oscillates when the wheel is rotated. Drop arm is
connected to the cross shaft. is is linked by means of a drag link to
the steering arm. e steering arms on both wheels are connected by
tie rod to the drag link. e wheels moves to the right or left when the
steering wheel is operated, the knuckle moves to and fro, moving.
Figure 1:steering system
e ends of steering knuckle and the tie rod are connected to each
other. One end of the drag link is connected to the end of drop arm
and the other end is connected to the to the tie rod. A ball and socket
joint gives the required movement to the joints between the tie rod,
drop arm and drag link. Vibration is developed in the drop arm when
the vehicle is moving. Vibration is absorbed by the Shock springs
used in ball and socket system.
3. STEERING PRINCIPLES AND COMPONENTS
3.1 Ackermann steering mechanism
With perfect Ackermann, at any angle of steering, the centre point of
all of the circles traced by all wheels will lie at a common point. But
this may be difficult to arrange in practice with simple linkages.
Hence, modern cars do not use pure Ackermann steering, partly
because it ignores important dynamic and compliant effects, but the
principle is sound for lowspeed maneuvers.
3.2 Steering ratio
e steering ratio is the number of degrees that the steering wheel
must be turned to pivot the front wheels 1 degree. E.g.: steering ratio
18:1 implies that the front wheels will turn by 1 degree when the
steering wheel turns 18 degree.
e steering ratios generally used with present day steering gears
vary from about 12: 1 for cars to about 35: 1 for heavy vehicles. An
average overall ratio usually gives about one and half complete turns
of the steering wheel each side of mid position to apply a full lock of 45
degrees each way on the wheels.
3.3 Turning circle
e turning circle of a car is the diameter of the circle described by
the outside wheels when turning on full lock. ere is no hard and fast
formula to calculate the turning circle but an approximate value can
be obtained using the formula:
Turning circle radius = Track/2 + Wheel base/sin (Average steer
angle)
3.4 Steering geometry
When a car is moving along a curve, all its wheels should roll truly
without any lateral slip. is can be achieved if the axis of all four
wheels intersects at one point. is point will be the centre about
which the vehicle will be turning at that instant. Figure shows the
steering geometry of the four wheels of a vehicle. e rear wheels
rotate along two circles. e centres of both these circles are at O. e
front wheels 1 and 2 have different axes. ey rotate along two other
circles with the same centre point.
3.5 Turning radius
e turning radius of a vehicle is the radius of the smallest circular
turn (i.e. U-turn) that the vehicle is capable of making. e term
turning radius is a tech nical t erm that has be come popular
automotive jargon. In the jargon sense,it is commonly used to mean
the full diameter of the smallest circle, but in technical usage the
turning radius still is used to denote the radius.
Volume : 4 | Issue : 10 | Special Issue Oct- 2015 • ISSN No 2277 – 8179
Research Paper
Four wheel steering is a method developed in automobile industry for the effective turning of the vehicle and to
increase the maneuverability. In a typical front wheel steering system the rear wheels do not turn in the direction
of the curve and thus curb on the efficiency of the steering. In four wheel steering the rear wheels turn with the front wheels thus increasing the
efficiency of the vehicle
ABSTRACT
Advances In Materials And Manufacturing Technology 2015
Dr.Rupesh Gupta
Faculty –Mechanical Engg. Deptt.,ChitkaraUniversity,Punjab India
Himanshu Jindal
Faculty –Mechanical Engg. Deptt.,ChitkaraUniversity,Punjab India
Rajeev Kumar Dang
Assistant Professor, University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Panjab
University SSG Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur
61
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Volume : 4 | Issue : 10 | Special Issue Oct- 2015 • ISSN No 2277 – 8179
4. VEHICLE DYNAMICS AND STEERING
Vehicle dynamics have very importance for a balanced drive of
vehicle. It can be say in three terms of steering, which are under-steer,
over-steer, and neutral or counter steering.
4.1 Under-steer
Under steer is so called because when the slip angle of front wheels is
greater than slip angle of rear wheels. e diagram for the under steer
is given below, from the diagram the explanation is made out clear
very well.
Figure 2: Under-steer [1]
4.2 Over-steer
Over steer is defined when the slip angle of front wheels lesser than
the slip angle of rear wheels.
Figure 3: Over-steer [1]
4.3 Neutral-steer or Counter-steering
Counter-steering can defined as when the slip angle of front wheels is
equal to slip angle of rear wheels.
Figure 4: Neutral-steer [1]
5. WORKING OF 4 WHEEL STEERING [3]
e system is controlled from the remote control consisting of 4
Diodes – 4007 diodes, Slide switch – to control the forward and
backward movement of the wheels, micro switch – to control the left
and right movement of the wheels, capacitor of 3700 microF which
stores the extra energy and transformer which gives an AC of 24 volt
by using the full wave rectifier power supply circuit. Bridge circuit is
used of the diodes to convert the AC coming from the transformer
into the Full wave DC.
Wiper motor transfers the power to the spur gears system which
moves the tyres with the help of the rod connected through. Gear
motor fixed to the four tyres each help in moving the tyres left and
right. e system runs on a speed of 20- 40 kph.
Each tyres rotate on its own axis helping to rotate the whole system
to move in the 360 degree.
6. COMPONENTS OF SYSTEM
6.1 Remote control elements
a) 4 Diodes 4007 diodes.
b) Slide switch To control the forward and backward movement.
c) Micro switch – To control the left and right movement.
d) Capacitor 3700 microF.
e) Transformer Gives an AC of 24 volt.
Figure 5: Circuit used- Power supply Full wave rectifier.
6.2 SPUR GEARS
a) 7 gears are used.
b) Made of Cast iron
c) Has 42 teeth
d) Diameter 3 inch
e) After gaining the power from wiper motor this system transferit
to the tyres.
Figure 6: Spur gear arrangement
Research Paper
Advances In Materials And Manufacturing Technology 2015
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62
6.3 Chassis
a) Holds the whole system of gears to make the motion possible.
b) Dimensions of chassis = 27 inch X 11 inch.
c) Material cast iron.
d) Metal arc welding is used.
e) Hacksaw is used for cutting the rod to its dimensions.
f) Grinder is used for smoothening the rod after welding.
Figure 8: Dimensions of chassis
6.4 Wiper Motor
a) Runs on direct current.
b) Helps in forward and backward motion of the wheels.
c) Power comes in form of direct current which turns the gear chain
to travel it to and fro.
d) Specifications
30 50 rpm
2 to 24 volt
2-5 Ampere current
Figure 11: Wipe motor
6.5 Gear Motors
a) Helps in turning Left and right.
b) Runs on the direct current.
c) Specifications
6 – 12 volt
500 milli Ampere 1 Ampere
50 – 100 rpm
Figure 12: Gear motor
6.6 Supporting Wheels
a) Diameter of tyres = 4.5 inch
b) e wheels are on which the whole system moves.
Figure 13: Supporting Wheels
7. Experiment Results
Table gives the comparison between the turning radius for two wheel
steer and four wheel steer by calculation and experiment. By
calculation we can conclude that there is 41.13 % reduction in
turning radius and by experiment it's 50.43%.
8. ADVANTAGES
a) Each tyre moves on its own axis.
b) e Whole prototype can be moved in the 360 degree direction
on its own position.
c) All tyres moves in the same direction.
d) Direct power is supplied to each gear motor to control the
motion.
9. DRAWBACK
e system is not stable at high speed gets overpowered and may
topple in some cases.
Volume : 4 | Issue : 10 | Special Issue Oct- 2015 • ISSN No 2277 – 8179
Research Paper
Advances In Materials And Manufacturing Technology 2015
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          3. Cybercrime is on the increase and governments need to do more to prevent it.
          4. Population growth in the world is an overlooked issue which will become more important as global warming changes the food production around the world.
          5. Bioterrorism is still an important issue for all of us to be aware of when thinking about National Security and global security.
          6. America should continue to support Israel, no matter what.
          7. Americans should not get involved in global conflicts which don’t concern their own national interest.
          8. By opposing GMO (genetically modified organisms) crops, European nations are causing 3rd World people to starve or be malnourished.
          9. Global Warming is real and we need to get prepared.
          10. Video games can help people solve real world problems.
          11. Identity theft is a greater problem than you think.

          Private University Education is Worth the Cost

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          Education

          1. Online education is just as good as learning in the classroom.
          2. College athletes, especially football players, are an economic asset to Universities and should be paid accordingly.
          3. Sports are given too high a priority in American High Schools and this hurts the education of children.
          4. The increase in standardized testing in America has improved the educational achievements of graduates.
          5. Bilingual education is important and should be supported by educators, parents and the public.
          6. Creationism is believed by 75% of Americans and should be a part of science education in schools.
          7. College students need to be on guard against piling up consumer debt.
          8. American colleges should increase the number of students from foreign countries in order to help cover costs.
          9. Schools need to offer Mandarin as a foreign language because China is going to be an increasingly important country.
          10. The European educational system is superior to the American system.

          Food

          1. Since buying and eating local food saves energy and promotes the local economy, everyone should support the Local Food movement.
          2. Although vegetarianism is often mocked and misunderstood, college students should consider this lifestyle as a way to be ecologically thoughtful and physically healthy.
          3. Childhood obesity in America is reaching crisis proportions and parents, the media and school lunches are the cause.
          4. The food and drug administration budget should increase in order to make sure our food supply is safe.
          5. Families should store up 6 months of food in case of an economic collapse.
          6. Schools should teach more about nutrition and healthy diets.
          7. What is the perfect diet for health?
          8. Organic food is better and worth a higher price than non-organic produce and meat.
          9. There is a national crisis of vitamin D deficiency.
          10. Everyone should take a multi-vitamin every day.
          11. The only healthy way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise.
          12. The best diet plan to lose weight is _________.
          13. Food competition shows are causing the average cook to be more creative in the kitchen.
          14. College students should take the time to cook healthy foods.
          15. You can eat a good diet without learning how to cook.

          Politics

          1. American politics is becoming too divisive.
          2. The American president is the most important world leader.
          3. Domestic terrorism is more of a problem than terrorism from people in other countries.
          4. Juvenile offenders who commit serious crimes should be tried as adults.
          5. Welfare reform failed to help people get back to work. All illegal immigrants who have a job should be given a work visa to stay legally in the United States as long as they do not commit a crime, remain employed and pay taxes.
          6. Churches do a better job of helping people overcome poverty than government agencies.
          7. National laws should be made to prevent texting and calling from cell phones while driving.
          8. The Federal Budget Deficit needs to be reduced in order to save the United States from an economic disaster.
          9. We should prohibit all off-shore drilling until oil companies can prove that drilling disasters won’t happen again.
          10. Prisons should not be a place of punishment, but a place to rehabilitate people so that they can be productive members of society.
          11. Gun control is an important part of controlling violence in our society.
          12. Environmentalism and use of the land for farming and logging can go hand in hand.
          13. Legalizing Marijana will decrease drug use, provide a new avenue for tax revenues and prevent crime.
          14. Donald Trump’s candidacy has changed American politics forever.
          15. Voters should have to show ID in order to vote.

          Excellent Topic Choices

          Don’t have an easy answer.

          Have two or more sides.

          Interest other people and involve them in your argument.

          Are something you really care about.

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          Medicine and Health

          1. Mental disorders are often wrongly diagnosed and treated.
          2. Binge drinking on college campuses is a serious health issue that students can help control by using peer pressure to make it unacceptable.
          3. Drinking alcoholic beverages in moderation can be healthful and prevent Alzheimer’s.
          4. Shamefully, many children in poor nations die from diseases which are easily preventable with inexpensive vaccines which are widespread in richer nations.
          5. Rather than allowing large malpractice suits against doctors, medical ethics boards should be set up which would evaluate all patient complaints.
          6. Every person should be tested for genetic disorders but this information should not be shared with insurance companies in order to prevent discrimination on policies.
          7. Genetic engineering of humans is a good thing.
          8. Hospice care for the terminally ill is an underused resource. More families could benefit from hospice care services for terminally ill loved ones if they knew more about these health services.
          9. All of the concern about obesity in the news has caused more problems with body image among teenage girls.
          10. Organ transplantation can make good out of tragedy, so everyone should sign up to be a donor, urge others to sign up, and be sure their family knows their wishes.
          11. We should not get complacent about watching out for global pandemics because a flu pandemic is coming, it is just a matter of time.

          Choosing a Great Topic

          As an English professor, I have taught persuasive writing to many college students. Although college students are often passionate in what they believe, they sometimes have a hard coming up with topics to write about. An excellent persuasive essay idea for your paper:

          1. Doesn’t have an easy answer.
          2. Has two or more sides.
          3. Interests other people and involves them in your argument.
          4. Is an essay topic you really care about.
          5. Is an essay topic you can research.

          Since academic persuasive essays require you to research, you don’t have to start your essay knowing what your position is on the topic. You may not even know much about the topic before you start gathering information for your argumentative essay.

          To find a good topic, I often have my students write a list of things that they are interested in knowing more about, or which they believe in. To broaden their thinking, I find it helps to look at a list of argumentative topics like the one in the table below.

          Current Event Topic Generator

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          Consumer Debt
          Gangs
          Human Trafficing
          Poverty
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          Creationism
          Genetic Disorders
          Mass Media
          Racism
          Advertising
          Crime
          Genetic Engineering
          Medical Ethics
          Rape
          Agricultural Subsidies
          Cults
          Genetically Modified Food
          Medicare
          Recycling
          AIDS
          Cyberbullying
          Genocide
          Mental Disorders
          Religion
          Airport Security
          Democracy
          Global Warming
          Mental Health Care System
          Renewable Energy
          Alcohol and Tobacco Laws
          Divorce
          Globalization
          Military
          Reproductive Technologies
          Alzheimer’s and Dementia
          Domestic Terrorism
          Gun Control
          Minimum Wage
          Right of Privacy
          Animal Rights
          Domestic Violence
          Hate Crimes
          Mobile Phones
          School Uniforms
          Artificial Intelligence
          Drug Trafficing
          Health Care Issues
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          Nuclear Energy
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          Immigration
          Identity Theft
          Obesity
          Stem Cells
          Body Piercing and Tattooing
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          Illegal Immigrants
          Offshore Drilling
          Suicide
          Censorship
          Endangered Species
          India
          Online Education and Learning
          Sweatshops
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          Environmentalism
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          Online Pornography
          Technology and Society
          Child Labor
          Evolution
          Internet
          Online Social Networks
          Terminal Care
          Childhood Obesity
          Feminism
          Interracial Adoption
          Organ Transplants
          Terrorism
          Children of Divorced Parents
          Flu Pandemics
          Interracial Marriage
          Outsourcing
          Texting While Driving
          China
          Food Safety
          Iran
          Peer Pressure
          The Local Food Movement
          Church and State
          Free Trade
          Iraq
          Political Corruption
          Vaccines
          Civil Rights
          Freedom of Speech
          Israel
          Pollution
          Vegetarianism
          Cloning
          Gambling
          Japan
          Population Growth
          Video Games
          Scan this list of topic ideas to help you think about other subjects you might want to write about.

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          Steps in Writing

          1. Gather some information about your topic by writing down everything you know, checking out some information on Google, or looking at TED lectures by experts on new technologies and science like the ones in the videos I include on this blog. Use what you read to help you create some search terms, and to help you decide on your own position.

          2. Write down different positions people argue on this topic. Academic persuasive essays usually make one of five types of claims:

          • Claims of Value: What is really important? What should we protect or value most?
          • Claims of Fact: What really did happen? How should we think about this issue?
          • Claims of Definition: What is the actual meaning of a word, an event, or an idea? What really is the problem?
          • Claims of Policy: What should be done about this problem?
          • Claims of Cause or Effect: What is the reason for this problem? What is the cause? What is the effect?

          3. Use the questions above to write as many Claim questions for your issue as you can. Most issues can have essays on all of the above questions.

          4. Write your Claim Question. Decide which of the questions you are most interested in writing about. Write it down. The question may be a part of your introduction, or it can make a great title.

          5. Write down your own answer to the question. This is your thesis.

          6. Write down the reasons you believe this answer. These will be your topic ideas for the body of your paper. Turn these into sentences and you will have your topic sentences done.

          7. Write down what other answers people have to this question. This will help you refine the persuasive essay claim you want to make, and prepare you for adjusting your claim answer. You may want to qualify your answer by saying “If this… then…” Or you might want to narrow the claim to a certain group, or a certain time period. You can also use these opposing views in the body of your paper by bringing them up and then refuting them and saying why your ideas are better.

          8. Make a list of search terms. Looking at what you’ve written so far, make a list of terms you can look up to try to get articles for your paper.

          9. Do research in your library or on Google Scholar. As you read each article, underline parts that give you ideas you can use to support different parts of your paper.

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            • mianrazi profile image

              Umar Razi 

              5 years ago from Lahore

              It is pretty good. I admire the way you write. You have good expressions.

            • bohemiotx profile image

              Joffre Meyer 

              5 years ago from Tyler, TX

              I’m going to re-read this hub–awesome, as I clicked previously! I taught Developmental English for ten years and wrote a textbook for my class, so you know I had to have a Persuasive Chapter. Twitter @bohemiotx

            • ColinWarner profile image

              ColinWarner 

              6 years ago

              The best part of this hub, in my opinion, is seeing the different types of persuasive essays that are possible. I probably have written each type before, but have not labeled them as such. It might help to know the exact type of persuasive essay I am writing in order to deliver my message better.

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            20 Persuasive Essay Topics to Write a Well-Researched Paper

            Middle school and high school students are often assigned to write persuasive essays. Although most of them are experts at “working” their parents in order to get a forbidden privilege, for example, go to the movies during weekdays, many students find the task to write persuasive essays too tricky.

            Indeed, writing an impressive persuasive essay is not easy even for college students because you have to consider several issues and develop a strong argument and persuade your readers to accept your point of view.

            If you have no idea how to choose a good topic for your persuasive essay or don’t know how to approach a topic provided by your teacher, keep reading this article where you’ll find a list of good persuasive essay topics and a detailed writing guide with particular steps.

            Cover the Best Persuasive Essay Topics

            What Is a Persuasive Essay?

            The goal of persuasive writing is to persuade “disinterested” or neutral audience that certain ideas are more valid than others. When thinking how to organize your argument to pull readers towards your point of view, you may imagine that you are a lawyer who is arguing a case before a jury.

            You have to take a stand on a specific issue and build a strong argument to win over the readers. Your task is to convince your readers to accept a particular point of view or to take a certain action.

            Persuasive writing is very common in real life. For example, people use persuasion in cover letters trying to convince potential employers to hire them. You used elements of persuasion in your admission essay trying to impress admission officers and convince them to admit you. Other examples of persuasive writing include:

            • business proposals;
            • letters to bank;
            • correspondence with officials;
            • emails to companies;
            • political and Christian speeches;
            • advertising;
            • blogs;
            • newspaper editorials.

            Of course, your essay should be based on logic and your argument has to be supported by relevant factual evidence but that is not enough to write an effective persuasive essay that can get you a high grade. You should focus on why your audience may want to adopt a given point of view. You should think why your readers might be interested in supporting your viewpoint and appeal not only to their logic but to their common sense, emotions, and feelings.

            You should use the methods of persuasion or rhetorical appeals suggested by Aristotle :

             ✍ ethos – an authoritative appeal (credibility);

             ✍ pathos – an emotional appeal (empathy);

             ✍ logos – appeal to logic (reason).

            The good idea is to use certain rhetorical devices to evoke emotions in your readers such as:

            • metaphor;
            • antithesis;
            • hyperbole;
            • epithet;
            • oxymoron;
            • simile, and others.

            An impressive persuasive essay should include:

              ✏ a clear thesis statement – you should take a stance and defend it to the end;

              ✏ call to action – clearly express what you want your audience to do;

              ✏ reasons for acting in a certain way – explain your readers why they should do this;

              ✏ potential benefits of acting – explain what your readers gain if they take a specific action.

            Now you know what persuasive essay is so it’s time to choose a topic and hone your writing skills.

            How to Choose a Great Topic?

            Choosing a good topic for a persuasive essay takes time and effort. If you want to impress your audience, you should do a research and find controversial issues that are debated in the contemporary society. You can also brainstorm topic ideas with your classmates.

            Make sure that your topic is not too broad to make it manageable. It’s better to discuss some specific issues concerning, for example, modern education, technology, health problems. Such topics are often discussed in social media so your essay will be of interest to your audience. But of course, you can write about controversial facts from American history – there are a lot of different opinions about the American Civil War .

            It is important to choose a topic that you really care about because you are likely to enjoy writing and it will be easier for you to take a stand on that issue and defend your point of view. You will be more passionate about your topic and are more likely to succeed in finding words that will persuade your readers.

            Make sure that the topic is complex enough to discuss it in your academic essay and that it is interesting to your audience. There is no need to write about something that nobody cares about. So, you’d better write about current events or current trends. On the other hand, if your audience is interested in the subject of your essay, it will be easier to keep them engaged and appeal to their emotions. You’d better avoid topics that are too narrow and those that have been discussed over and over again, for example, LGBT rights, abortion or guns control.

            Still not sure which topic to choose? Have a look at our short list of amazing persuasive essay topics. They are relevant to today’s society and are sure to spark your critical thinking. Feel free to use them for inspiration when selecting a topic for your next essay.

            20 Persuasive Essay Ideas for Topics

            1. Does Love Make Us Stupid?
            2. Have People Become Too Dependent on Technology?
            3. Should People Be Imprisoned When They Abandon Their Pets?
            4. Should Surveillance Without a Warrant Be Legal?
            5. Should Dangerous Professional Sports Be Banned?
            6. Is “American Dream” Attainable in the Contemporary Society?
            7. What Is Better: To Be an Early Bird or a Night Owl?
            8. If You Had a Lot of Money, Which Cause Would You Choose to Donate Your Money to Charity?
            9. Would You Take Part in a Reality Television Show? Why?
            10. Is It Important to Buy Local Food?
            11. Is Eating Less the Best Way to Lose Weight?
            12. Is Genetic Engineering on Humans Good or Bad?
            13. Should Everyone Sign Up to Be a Donor for Organ Transplantation?
            14. Should Everyone Be Tested for Genetic Disorders?
            15. Is Organic Food Worth the Higher Price?
            16. Can You Eat Healthy Without Learning to Cook?
            17. Can Money Make You Happy?
            18. Should Every Couple Think about Adopting a Child?
            19. Should People Be Allowed to Keep Exotic Animals at Home?
            20. Can We Really Get Prepared for Global Warming?

            How to Write a Persuasive Essay in 5 Steps

            Step #1

            When you have chosen an interesting topic, you should do a research and gather evidence to support your point of view. You may find relevant statistics, scientific facts, reports of current events, cases studies that you can mention as a logical proof of your own ideas. Besides, you should identify the key points of the opposing view. You should use only credible sources – scientific journals, reputable newspapers and online resources, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

            Step #2

            When you have gathered enough material, you should brainstorm your ideas and create a mind map or an outline of your essay that will help you stay focused on your topic and make your argument more convincing. Think about your essay’s structure which typically consists of an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

            Step #3

            Write the introduction. Grab your reader’s’ attention with a hook. You may start your essay with an interesting fact or a funny joke, statistics, a provocative question or an anecdote. Then you need to provide some background information about the subject of your paper. Choose a strong stance for your thesis statement. You have to decide what your position is and write one strong sentence that will express the main idea of your essay. Don’t try to play on both sides because in this case, you will not be able to persuade your audience. Your thesis should leave no doubt about your position.

            Step #4

            Body paragraphs should present the argument that supports your thesis. Devote each body paragraph to a separate point. Start each paragraph with clear and directed topic sentence. Use facts, references, real-life examples, and quotes from experts to backup your claims but keep in mind that you should present your argument in a way that appeals to human emotions.

            Step #5

            Write the concluding paragraph. You need to summarize your key points and the most important evidence and encourage your audience to adopt your position or take some action. Your task is to convert your readers into your point of view so your last sentence should be also strong. It may be a recommendation or suggestion what your readers should do, a question that encourages your audience to think seriously about a problem or dramatic plea.

            Persuasive Essay Topics

            You can easily write your persuasive essay if you follow these steps. But if you lack experience in academic writing, it is better to see a really good sample of a persuasive essay written by our qualified specialists. You can analyze it and get a better understanding of how an impressive essay should be arranged. You can order such well-written sample from our professional custom writing service.

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            Whether you are a student in need of a persuasive essay topic, or a teacher looking to assign a persuasive essay, this list of 101 persuasive essay topics is a great resource. I taxed my brain to create this huge list of persuasive essay topics relevant to today’s society, but I believe it was worth the effort. Additionally, any of these topics could be applied to a persuasive speech project as well. I appreciate any and all comments or feedback. Thank you for visiting!

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            1. Should students be allowed to have phones in elementary and high schools?
            2. Should students have to wear uniforms?
            3. Should college athletes be paid for playing?
            4. Should the elderly receive free bus rides?
            5. Should state colleges be free to attend?
            6. Should all American citizens have to complete a year of community service?
            7. Should students be required to take Spanish classes?
            8. Should marijuana be legal for medicinal purposes?
            9. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?
            10. Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one?
            11. Should students be paid for having good grades?
            12. Should illegal immigrants be allowed to get drivers licenses?
            13. Should not wearing a seat-belt be illegal?
            14. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers or tablets?
            15. Should students have to pass a basic skills test to graduate high school?
            16. Should schools raise money by selling candy and sugary soft drinks to students?
            17. Should schools serve french-fries and fried potato products to students at lunch?
            18. Should students’ grades in gym affect their grade point averages?
            19. Should girls be allowed to play on boys sports teams?
            20. Should teens be able to buy violent video games?
            21. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?
            22. Should teenage girls be allowed to get birth control without the permission of their parents?
            23. Should our country have free health care?
            24. Should immigration laws be reformed?
            25. Should the federal government recognize civil unions?
            26. Should people who download music and movies illegally be punished?
            27. Should school athletes have to be on the honor roll to play in games?
            28. Should music with curse words be allowed at school dances?
            29. Should public schools begin the day with a silent prayer time?
            30. Should students be able to listen to music on headphones during study hall?
            31. Should schools offer fast food options like McDonald’s or Taco Bell?
            32. Should smoking be allowed at parks and other outdoor public venues?
            33. Should cities offer free public Wi-Fi?
            34. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?
            35. Should the 2nd amendment give citizens the right to own assault weaponry?
            36. Should people traveling in airplanes have to undergo intensive security screenings?
            37. Should genetically modified foods be sold with a warning label?
            38. Should teachers have to pass a basic skills test every ten years to renew their certification?
            39. Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers?
            40. Should people be allowed to keep pit-bull dogs?
            41. Should the city offer a bike sharing program?
            42. Should there be an ordinance citing people who fail to recycle $50?
            43. Should there be an ordinance citing people who play music too loudly $50?
            44. Should prostitution be legalized and regulated by the government?
            45. Should celebrities who break the law face stricter penalties?
            46. Should the government increase spending on the space program?
            47. Should larger passengers have to pay for two plane or movie theater tickets?
            48. Should children have to use booster seats in cars?
            49. Should people have to get a license to become parents?
            50. Should there be tougher federal restrictions for content on the internet?
            51. Should people be allowed to curse on daytime television?
            52. Should owners be legally accountable for clearing snow from sidewalks on their property?
            53. Should sexual education be taught in public schools?
            54. Should students be able to get free condoms at school?
            55. Should students who commit cyber-bullying be suspended from school?
            56. Should corporations be allowed to advertise in schools?
            57. Should students be allowed to eat during class?
            58. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?
            59. Is it appropriate for students and teachers to be friends on Facebook?
            60. Should students have open campus lunch periods?
            61. Should abortions be legal?
            62. Should abortions be legal in cases of rape and incest?
            63. Should the death penalty be used to punish violent criminals?
            64. Should students learn about world religions in public schools?
            65. Should schools start later in the morning?
            66. Should the USA end overseas military operations?
            67. Should politicians be allowed to accept campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists?
            68. Should people with terminal illnesses have the right to doctor assisted suicides?
            69. Should Puerto Rico become a state?
            70. Should stem cell researchers be able to use stem cells from aborted babies to cure diseases?
            71. Should school athletes have to take drug tests?
            72. Should professional athletes have to take drug tests?
            73. Should America convert to the metric system?
            74. Should high school students have to complete community service hours to graduate?
            75. Should teens over 13 years of age be allowed into R rated movies?
            76. Should state tests be given in other languages for ESL students?
            77. Should scientists be allowed to test products intended for human use on animals?
            78. Should unhealthy fast food products be sold with a warning label?
            79. Should there be a tariff or tax on products manufactured outside of the country?
            80. Should students or teachers receive money for scoring well on standardized tests?
            81. Should everyone under the age of 17 have a 9:00 PM curfew?
            82. Should schools with low scores on standardized tests be closed?
            83. Should minors be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in their homes with their parents’ consent?
            84. Should students be allowed to drop out before they turn 18 years old?
            85. Should alcohol manufacturers be allowed to advertise on television?
            86. Should students as young as fourteen be allowed to hold jobs?
            87. Should American families have a two child max rule to limit population growth?
            88. Should children younger than thirteen be allowed to watch MTV or music videos?
            89. Should people who are caught driving drunk lose their licenses for a year?
            90. Should students who fail their classes be retained and have to repeat the grade?
            91. Should large businesses and corporations be required to employ a number of minorities proportionate to the population?
            92. Should female construction workers earn the same wages as males?
            93. Should children in temporary living situations with a 3.0 GPA earn free college tuition?
            94. Should gambling and sports-betting be illegal or should the government regulate it?
            95. Should children who commit violent crimes be tried as adults?
            96. Should the government be allowed to detain suspected terrorists without trial?
            97. Should the government censor internet content deemed inappropriate?
            98. Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?
            99. Should teachers be allowed to have cell phones in the classroom?
            100. Should the state execute dogs that have bitten someone?
            101. Should talking on a phone without a hands-free device while driving be illegal?
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              October 8, 2018

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              October 8, 2018

              Im interested in all the different Topics and cool ideas. I liked number 101 cause i think the it should be illegal to have you phone out on your car. The other one i was interested in was # 5 cause we can get free collage to people that enjoy school.

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              October 8, 2018

              I was really interested in #6 because not a lot of people are trying to do community service and if everyone had to for at least a year that might help with getting cleaner beaches, water, and roads.
              The second topic I am interested in is #4 because some elderly don’t have enough money for a bus ticket, and most can’t drive a car anymore so if the bus tickets were free then the elderly would benefit from probably walking all the way to the store or another place where they need to go.

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              October 7, 2018

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              June 21, 2018

              I love #14 and I am arguing on both sides, but I can’t think of that many arguments. Can you help me?

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              June 21, 2018

              I need help finding arguments for number 99 really badly need help. for both sides.

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              May 24, 2018

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              May 16, 2018

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              May 9, 2018

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            12. Aubrey

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              May 8, 2018

              It’s kind of crazy the things that people debate about… Should people under thirteen be allowed to watch music videos? Seriously? I just want to know who actually thinks that kids shouldn’t be able to watch music videos.

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            13. Girl Online

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              May 4, 2018

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            14. Hanson-the band

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              January 30, 2018

              do 102 topics

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              January 29, 2018

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              • Mr. Morton

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                January 31, 2018

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              • Your Worst Nightmare

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                March 1, 2018

                “Nobody” probably has alot of issues and has nothing better to do than try to make problems.

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                  April 30, 2018

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                May 15, 2018

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            16. Victoria

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              December 13, 2017

              In my language arts class, we are required to write a persuasive paragraph. I wanted to research a topic that no one would have, and something that I had a strong desire to write about. Since I was having writers block I searched all over the internet to find a topic that I liked. I found three that I really have an urge to write about. Thank you! <3

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              December 12, 2017

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            18. Avery

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              December 11, 2017

              these topics will help for my class essays

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            19. David lorenz

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              November 30, 2017

              should students in middle school be able to play on there phones at anytime except for in class

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              • ygfityulkj

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                May 15, 2018

                cant they already?

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            20. Nicholas Joy

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              November 30, 2017

              school is really boring games are fun

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            21. david bourgeois

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              November 20, 2017

              You’re irrelevant, not wearing a seat belt is already illegal.

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              • Nunya

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                June 21, 2018

                He’s asking you if they should be optional

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              September 29, 2017

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              August 9, 2017

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              June 27, 2017

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              • LittlePandicorn

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                April 30, 2018

                Are you a Percy Jackson fan?

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            25. Cordellia

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              June 13, 2017

              There are a lot of good speech topics. I still cannot choose…

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            26. Alexandra

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              June 1, 2017

              i was really interested in #40 as my family runs a dog rescue so we are also advocates for pit-bull dogs and informing people why NOT all pits are dangerous and it just depends on the training
              if you train something to be mean then it will be mean
              if you train something to be nice it will be nice

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                May 16, 2018

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              June 1, 2017

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            28. Tyrone mcnegus

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              May 25, 2017

              These are topics for Negus and that’s good

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            29. Nick

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              May 16, 2017

              There is a LOT there. Sure to pick at least ONE.

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              May 16, 2017

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              May 16, 2017

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              May 16, 2017

              This really helped me for my project I had to do. It gave me a bunch of ideas
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              • Jon

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                July 4, 2017

                Your welcome bud

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            33. rihanna

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              May 15, 2017

              this is a great site it really gave me some good persuasive writing topics.

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              May 15, 2017

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              May 15, 2017

              THIS IS REALLY GOOD

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            36. Coleen

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              May 11, 2017

              Most of these topics are very real and helped me pick out my own topic for a speech. I do recommend this.

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            37. briel

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              March 27, 2017

              these are really good things for me 2 use at my school

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              • joltyonE

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                April 4, 2017

                OK well I can only thinkof one thing.

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              March 25, 2017

              Good experience

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              Whether you are a student in need of a persuasive essay topic, or a teacher looking to assign a persuasive essay, this list of 101 persuasive essay topics is a great resource. I taxed my brain to create this huge list of persuasive essay topics relevant to today’s society, but I believe it was worth the effort. Additionally, any of these topics could be applied to a persuasive speech project as well. I appreciate any and all comments or feedback. Thank you for visiting!

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              1. Should students be allowed to have phones in elementary and high schools?
              2. Should students have to wear uniforms?
              3. Should college athletes be paid for playing?
              4. Should the elderly receive free bus rides?
              5. Should state colleges be free to attend?
              6. Should all American citizens have to complete a year of community service?
              7. Should students be required to take Spanish classes?
              8. Should marijuana be legal for medicinal purposes?
              9. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?
              10. Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one?
              11. Should students be paid for having good grades?
              12. Should illegal immigrants be allowed to get drivers licenses?
              13. Should not wearing a seat-belt be illegal?
              14. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers or tablets?
              15. Should students have to pass a basic skills test to graduate high school?
              16. Should schools raise money by selling candy and sugary soft drinks to students?
              17. Should schools serve french-fries and fried potato products to students at lunch?
              18. Should students’ grades in gym affect their grade point averages?
              19. Should girls be allowed to play on boys sports teams?
              20. Should teens be able to buy violent video games?
              21. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?
              22. Should teenage girls be allowed to get birth control without the permission of their parents?
              23. Should our country have free health care?
              24. Should immigration laws be reformed?
              25. Should the federal government recognize civil unions?
              26. Should people who download music and movies illegally be punished?
              27. Should school athletes have to be on the honor roll to play in games?
              28. Should music with curse words be allowed at school dances?
              29. Should public schools begin the day with a silent prayer time?
              30. Should students be able to listen to music on headphones during study hall?
              31. Should schools offer fast food options like McDonald’s or Taco Bell?
              32. Should smoking be allowed at parks and other outdoor public venues?
              33. Should cities offer free public Wi-Fi?
              34. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?
              35. Should the 2nd amendment give citizens the right to own assault weaponry?
              36. Should people traveling in airplanes have to undergo intensive security screenings?
              37. Should genetically modified foods be sold with a warning label?
              38. Should teachers have to pass a basic skills test every ten years to renew their certification?
              39. Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers?
              40. Should people be allowed to keep pit-bull dogs?
              41. Should the city offer a bike sharing program?
              42. Should there be an ordinance citing people who fail to recycle $50?
              43. Should there be an ordinance citing people who play music too loudly $50?
              44. Should prostitution be legalized and regulated by the government?
              45. Should celebrities who break the law face stricter penalties?
              46. Should the government increase spending on the space program?
              47. Should larger passengers have to pay for two plane or movie theater tickets?
              48. Should children have to use booster seats in cars?
              49. Should people have to get a license to become parents?
              50. Should there be tougher federal restrictions for content on the internet?
              51. Should people be allowed to curse on daytime television?
              52. Should owners be legally accountable for clearing snow from sidewalks on their property?
              53. Should sexual education be taught in public schools?
              54. Should students be able to get free condoms at school?
              55. Should students who commit cyber-bullying be suspended from school?
              56. Should corporations be allowed to advertise in schools?
              57. Should students be allowed to eat during class?
              58. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?
              59. Is it appropriate for students and teachers to be friends on Facebook?
              60. Should students have open campus lunch periods?
              61. Should abortions be legal?
              62. Should abortions be legal in cases of rape and incest?
              63. Should the death penalty be used to punish violent criminals?
              64. Should students learn about world religions in public schools?
              65. Should schools start later in the morning?
              66. Should the USA end overseas military operations?
              67. Should politicians be allowed to accept campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists?
              68. Should people with terminal illnesses have the right to doctor assisted suicides?
              69. Should Puerto Rico become a state?
              70. Should stem cell researchers be able to use stem cells from aborted babies to cure diseases?
              71. Should school athletes have to take drug tests?
              72. Should professional athletes have to take drug tests?
              73. Should America convert to the metric system?
              74. Should high school students have to complete community service hours to graduate?
              75. Should teens over 13 years of age be allowed into R rated movies?
              76. Should state tests be given in other languages for ESL students?
              77. Should scientists be allowed to test products intended for human use on animals?
              78. Should unhealthy fast food products be sold with a warning label?
              79. Should there be a tariff or tax on products manufactured outside of the country?
              80. Should students or teachers receive money for scoring well on standardized tests?
              81. Should everyone under the age of 17 have a 9:00 PM curfew?
              82. Should schools with low scores on standardized tests be closed?
              83. Should minors be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in their homes with their parents’ consent?
              84. Should students be allowed to drop out before they turn 18 years old?
              85. Should alcohol manufacturers be allowed to advertise on television?
              86. Should students as young as fourteen be allowed to hold jobs?
              87. Should American families have a two child max rule to limit population growth?
              88. Should children younger than thirteen be allowed to watch MTV or music videos?
              89. Should people who are caught driving drunk lose their licenses for a year?
              90. Should students who fail their classes be retained and have to repeat the grade?
              91. Should large businesses and corporations be required to employ a number of minorities proportionate to the population?
              92. Should female construction workers earn the same wages as males?
              93. Should children in temporary living situations with a 3.0 GPA earn free college tuition?
              94. Should gambling and sports-betting be illegal or should the government regulate it?
              95. Should children who commit violent crimes be tried as adults?
              96. Should the government be allowed to detain suspected terrorists without trial?
              97. Should the government censor internet content deemed inappropriate?
              98. Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?
              99. Should teachers be allowed to have cell phones in the classroom?
              100. Should the state execute dogs that have bitten someone?
              101. Should talking on a phone without a hands-free device while driving be illegal?
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                Historians tend to portray the 1950s as a decade of prosperity, conformity, and consensus, and the 1960s as a decade of turbulence, protest, and disillusionment. These stereotypes are largely true, though, as with everything in life, there are exceptions to this perspective. Therefore, the historians’ portrayal of the 1950s and 1960s is accurate for the majority of Americans, though some groups were clearly exceptions.

                The 1950s were characterized as a prosperous and conformist decade for many reasons. The first and most widespread of these reasons was the development of the suburbs. As masses of Southern blacks migrated northward to the big cities, more rich and middle-class families left to live in the suburbs to escape the crime, redlining, and blockbusting of the cities. This mass migration later became known as the “white flight” (Document A). The white families that moved into the suburbs were the perfect picture of conformity—living in row upon row of identical “Levittown” houses, with little individuality or distinction. Furthermore, American families of the time often took the form of the “nuclear family” with two parents, two children, and often a pet like a dog or cat. This new “middle class” earned between $3,000 and $10,000 a year and included 60 percent of the American people by the mid-1950s. Fortune magazine described Americans as “a great mass…buy[ing] the same things—the same staples, the same appliances, the same cars, the same furniture, and much the same recreation” (Document C). The new “mass market” that developed in 1950s society was caused by two central reasons.

                The first reason that this “mass market” developed was the spread of television. Television had helped to create a “popular culture” that millions of Americans tuned into regularly. By the end of 1950, ninety percent of Americans owned a television, and nearly all owned a radio. Television and radio acted as tools for marketers to dictate the values of American society in order help sell their products. By the mid-1950s marketers spent $10 billion annually to advertise their goods or services on television. Television caused Americans to adopt an image of the “ideal” Americans; in doing so many Americans began to succumb to societal demands. Notably, suburban shopping malls began to replace downtown shops during the 1950s. Middle class white Americans became more sheltered in their sheltered suburban neighborhoods and did not see the poor blacks living in the cities. Isolated from others, many middle class Americans found no reason to dissent and sought to merely enjoy the prosperity of the decade with mind-numbing conformity.

                The second cause of the development of the new “mass market” in 1950s society was the escalation of the Cold War. The Cold War had isolated and demonized Soviets in American society. The political witch-hunt which took place under the lead of Senator McCarthy jailed hundreds of suspected Communist “enemies” for merely exercising their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Americans became afraid of doing anything that might make them the targets of Federal investigation by organizations like the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Newspaper editors and book authors grew afraid of publishing articles critical of the government in fear that they may might be accused of being Communist sympathizers and put in jail. A famous political cartoon from the 1950s shows Senator McCarthy extinguishing the Torch of Liberty (Document B). The fear of foreign ideas and values created by the McCarthyism scare caused a resurgence in American Conservatism during the 1950s. The government encouraged conformity and political consensus followed.

                However, not all enjoyed the political and social prosperity of the 1950s. Two thirds of Black American citizens still lived in the South where they continued to suffer the harsh realities of life in a segregated society. Harsh Jim Crow laws continued to govern all aspects of their existence and keep them economically inferior and politically powerless. However, conditions were improved with the landmark decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas in 1954 which ruled that segregation in the public schools as “inherently unequal” and thus unconstitutional. This decision was largely accepted throughout the North and even in the Border States, but states in the Deep South organized “massive resistance” to the decision. Southern Senators and Congressmen signed the “Declaration of Constitutional Principles” which pledged unyielding resistance to desegregation. Conflict arose when the governor of Arkansas, Orval Faubus, mobilized the National Guard to prevent nine Black girls from enrolling in a Little Rock High School. Faced with a direct challenge to Federal authority, President Eisenhower was forced to send troops to escort the children to their classes (Document E). It is clear that while the social and political conditions may have been ideal for the majority of middle-class Americans, conflicts and tensions were ever-present for the underprivileged American.

                The ‘60s were different from the ‘50s in many important ways. The worsening conditions in the cities, feminism, and the Vietnam War caused the social and political atmosphere to become turbulent and violent. Protests and war riots become commonplace; influential leaders like Malcolm X encouraged bloody protest; and women become increasingly discontent with their futile existences as homemakers. The political and social grievances, it seemed, had caused Americans to adopt a “counter culture” that encouraged a negative view of authority during the 1960s.

                The ‘60s saw even worse conditions in the cities than the previous decade. As whites continued to leave the cities and move to suburbs the poor city conditions only worsened. With less revenue in taxes, cities fell into disrepair, crime and drug use increased, and cities become “black, brown, and broke.” Blacks began to realize that the pacifist philosophy encouraged by leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading nowhere; conditions remained the same. Radical new leaders like Malcolm X encouraged “Black Power”, also known as Black Supremacy. X believed that “revolution is bloody, revolution is hostile, revolution knows no compromise, revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way…you don’t do any swinging, you’re too busy swinging” (Document F). This violent, confrontational approach to dealing with social problems encouraged political upheaval and unrest. Law enforcement did not ease the situation either as demonstrated by the riot in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 where attack dogs and fire hoses were turned against protestors, many of whom were in their early teens or younger. Even pacifist Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested and jailed during the ensuing protests. While in jail, he changed philosophies and joined X in advocating civil disobedience against the law. Hundreds of demonstrations took place across the country during the 1960s from the East coast to the West; the country was truly coursing with the need to protest and be heard. The biggest and most important protest during the 1960s was the March on Washington where more than a quarter million people participated. Protesters demanded passage of better civil rights legislation, the elimination of racial segregation in public schools, and protection for demonstrators against police brutality. However, there were still other political problems that troubled the country during the ‘60s.

                The Vietnam War was a large point of contention in the minds of Americans during the 1960s. Unsure of the war’s purpose and disillusioned at the enormous human cost, Americans everywhere decried their opposition to the war. President Lyndon Johnson desperately tried to convince the nation that the Vietnam War would “restore world order” and “defend its [Vietnam’s] independence” (Document H). However, many Americans believed that the U.S. should leave Vietnam. The controversy over the war continued to boil because American politicians continued to support the war despite widespread American resentment for the war. Eventually, Nixon would respond to Americans’ wishes through “Vietnamization” of the war. However, there were also social issues that troubled Americans during the stormy sixties.

                The fight for women’s rights raged on throughout the ‘60s. Women began to feel dissatisfied with the simple lives they currently lived and they wanted change (Document G). Unable to obtain high-paying jobs and equal rights in the workplace, women were living as “second-class citizens” in a country where everybody is supposed to be equal under the law. The struggle for equal political rights was also accompanied by a radical social revolution. The “sexual revolution” was started when the birth control pill was introduced in the early 1960s. The pill made it easier to avoid pregnancies; thus, women could become more sexually “free.” Gays and lesbians also joined the “sexual revolution” by proudly parading in New York City in 1970. The unprecedented openness of the 1960s was yet another catalyst for controversy, turbulence, protest, and disillusionment in the 60s.

                It is clear that the 50s and 60s differ from each other; the 1950s were more conservative than the 1960s; the 1960s were more turbulent and prone to protests than the 1950s. However, there were some clear exceptions to these rules in the 1950s. The important differences between the decades are what make each decade a special chapter in the grand American story.


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                The term genocide is difficult to define; thus, a universal definition of genocide does not exist. There are many controversies around what constitutes a genocide. Many sociologists such as Fein and Charny, as well as others have formulated their own definitions of the term, trying to determine its typological manifestations and conditions. (Fein, 1990) The term genocide was first formulated by Raphael Lempkin which he constructed from the Greek word ‘genos’, meaning ‘race’ or ‘tribe’ and the word ‘cide’ meaning ‘to kill’. Lemkin describes genocide as “the destruction of a nation or of an ethnic group”, with a coordinated plan to exterminate that specific group on the sole base of their existence. Furthermore, he states that genocide is “not only a crime against the rules of war but a crime against humanity itself…” (Destexhe, 1994) He devised the term during the Second World War with the Holocaust taking place in Nazi Germany. Perhaps this is the reason the Holocaust is often regarded as the highest of genocides or perhaps just the best known. Although the holocaust raised global awareness, nevertheless just fifty years after the Second World War Rwanda was repeating similar mistakes. The aim of this essay is to compare and contrast the genocide in Rwanda and the Holocaust of Nazi Germany and to find similarities or trends. The essay will start with a brief historical recap on the genocide in Rwanda and on the Nazi Holocaust, before engaging the main of the topic.

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                In 1933, Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. At this time about nine million Jews were European residents. However by the end of the Second World War, two third of those Jews were dead, due to a systematic killing, carried out by the Nazis. The German Nazis believed in a superiority of their ‘race’ to other ‘races’. Besides Jews, Roma (Gypsies), mentally and physically disabled, homosexuals and several other people became victims of Nazi genocide. Most of these victims died in ‘special’ camps, which the Germans called concentration camps. In that same year they began to put into practice their racial ideology, forgetting that the Jews were not a race. This ideology was sadly supported by scientists who promoted “selective breeding” to “improve” the human race. (Landau, 1998) Furthermore, they spread hateful propaganda which unfairly blamed Jews for Germany’s economic depression and the country’s defeat in the First World War Jews were forced to quit their jobs and Jewish businesses were boycotted. A so called ‘euthanasia’ program was created for the death camps to systematically kill as many Jews as possible. This special program introduced an easier and more effective method of killing by gas. It was introduced to lift the psychological strain of the murderers as well as to screen the killings from public eye. Other deaths occurred in ghettos and other labour camps. In these ghettos Jews were confined and exposed to cold temperatures, starvation and various diseases, which led to the death of many prisoners. (Landau 1998, Shaw 2003) Those Jews who were able to flee persecution sought refuge in foreign countries but sadly many of them were denied it. Disappointingly the Nazis received support from other nearby countries. Towards the end of the war, when the Germans realised their defeat, they transported prisoners back into Germany and destroyed the concentration camps, in order to hide evidence of their existence.

                (Shaw 2003)

                Rwanda

                The majority of the Rwandan population are part of the Hutu ethnic group who traditionally were crop-growers. Tutsis, who were traditionally herdsmen, immigrated into Rwanda from northern Africa. For many centuries both groups shared a common lifestyle, language, culture and nationality. They lived together in a nonviolent environment. This changed when colonists from Europe moved in. The conflict started when the Hutu majority were reined over by the Tutsi minority, who were put in charge by Belgian occupiers, because they believed that the Tutsi, due to their physical attributes (they did not correspond to certain Negro stereotypical features), were a far superior group than the Hutu. (Destexhe, 1994) Tutsis were placed in high positions. A political divide was created. This did not please the Hutu. At their advantage they controlled the militia as well as the popular anti-Tutsi radio station Milles Collins, which later pronounced evil propaganda against all Tutsis. By 1959 Hutu’s had seized power and were getting hold of Tutsi territory. Therefore the Tutsis sought refuge in their neighbouring countries and formed a Rwandan Patriotic Front, also known as RPF. However in April 1994, a plane was shot down. It was the plane of the Hutu Rwandan president. Hutus accused Tutsis of the crime, which triggered the ‘Final Solution’, planned by the Hutus. (BBC, access via: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/1288230.stm ) Hutus started their media propaganda against Tutsis and that led to the beginning of the genocide. Civilians as well as local representatives helped capturing Tutsis and all those who stood in their way. There were no exceptions made, both men, women and children were slaughtered and executed. Even people who formerly befriended Tutsis turned against their friends. An estimated 800.000 Tutsi were killed, before the government collapsed and a ceasefire was achieved. (Destexhe 2003, BBC access via: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/1288230.stm )

                Comparing the origins of the Holocaust and the Rwandan genocide: Adolf Hitler started a propaganda against the Jews living in Germany, blaming them for the countries’ economical problems, without actual prove. The Jews did not attack, nor did they once rule Germany or exerted power over the country. And nor did they place an actual threat to German citizens. Helen Fein draws a crucial distinction between ideological and retributive genocide. Following her argument it is to believe that the Holocaust was an ideological genocide while the Rwandan genocide was a retributive one. (Fein, 1990) In Rwanda the Hutus strongly believed that they had to fight oppression and a threat going out from the Tutsis. Of course this does not excuse the genocide. The similarities that can be drawn are the way in which the propaganda was carried out and perceived. Both the Nazis and the Hutus ‘demonised’ their antagonists through media broadcasts. (Destexhe 1994, Shaw 2003) This in turn fuelled hatred and gave the perpetrators more incentive to kill. Yehuda Bauer (2001:42, 47) argues that “Nazi racial anti-semitic ideology was the central factor in the development toward the Holocaust”. Furthermore he adds that “one major difference between the Holocaust and other forms of genocide is that pragmatic considerations were central with all other genocides, abstract ideological motivations less so”.  Hutus were not murdering Tutsis due to a racial ideology but because they felt oppressed by them. Moreover, the way the mass killings were carried out during the Holocaust was less humane and more aggravating. Hutus did not build concentration camps to wipe out Tutsis but the genocide was mainly carried out by hand, often using machetes and clubs. One other main similarity is that many people who opposed the Nazis or Hutus or helped Jews or Tutsis escape, when caught were themselves murdered. However, many Hutu were put in uncomfortable situations where they had to kill their Tutsi neighbours in order not to be accused of treason. One can argue that this dilemma occurs within every genocide. On the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, unlike the Nazis, no one tried to keep the genocide in Rwanda a secret. There were media representatives who reported what they saw during as well as after the genocide. Much could have been done to halt the slaughtering in Rwanda, but neither the United States, the United Nations nor other States did enough to stop the killings. (Destehxe 1994, Shaw 2003)

                Both the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide were severe crimes against humanity. The holocaust claimed over six million victims. Rwanda claimed over eight hundred thousand. Although there is a clear balance between those numbers, the Rwandan genocide should not be overlooked as a ‘minor’ genocide. It is genocide after all, which is a crime against humanity and therefore should weigh as much as any other genocide.

                Conclusion

                In summary, clear distinctions as well as similarities can be drawn between these two genocides. The Holocaust went after a cruel ideology, with the aim to effectively eradicate as many Jews as possible. The Rwandan genocide did not take off after an ideology but rather because of fuelled hatred and fear. In order to quicken and induce increased hatred, perpetrators of both genocides used media propaganda to ensure their goals were achieved. However, the method of killing was different. Nazis sent Jews to perish in special camps, while Hutus physically slaughtered the Tutsis. Furthermore, the Nazis tried to cover up their killings, while the Hutus cared little about this. In summary one can say that though these genocides provoked different responses in terms of severity, it should not matter how many people died but rather why and how those people were murdered. Though the Holocaust happened 50 years earlier, it seemed like humanity did not learn of its past mistakes.


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