Thursday, November 10, 2011

Write an essay; have a chance at a prize

I like John Stossel.  We have frequently referenced him on our blog.

He is having an essay contest.  Here are some of the details:

Teachers - Help your students earn LOTS of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom's 2011-2012 essay contest, for students aged 13-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!

Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words in length) on our web site between now and the Feb. 6th deadline.

Simply have your students view John Stossel's recent special, "Politicians' Top 10 Promises Gone Wrong" (view the streaming video here), and write an essay on the following Essay Topic:

"Why do you think politicians make promises? When they try to keep them, why are there often unintended consequences? Describe a promise made by a current politician or political candidate from any party, and discuss whether or not they will be able to keep that promise and what, if any, are some potential unintended consequences from that promise. Please use at least one example from the Stossel special or other Stossel report to support your response."

We are offering your students 225 CASH PRIZES totaling $23,000! First and second place winners will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, an adult chaperone each, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping of STOSSEL. Click this link for complete rules and submission information.

I have asked my daughters to each write an essay.