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Cheating in School

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There have always been kids that have chosen to cheat in school, but today’s tech gadgets have made it easier and more common than before. With the majority of teens and tweens carrying cell phones, answers to test questions can zing around a classroom in minutes. Here are some examples of the ways teens are cheating at school:

Are men and women treated equally in our society?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you believe that you are supposed to act in certain ways and do certain things because you are a man or a woman? Do you believe in gender stereotypes?
  2. How has the attitude to gender roles been changing over the years? Has it ever changed at all in your opinion?
  3. What behaviors are considered as appropriate for men but inappropriate for women?

Live-in Relationship VS Marriage

A man is opposite to a woman only on the physiological level. In no other way are they opposite. But we have made such a big issue of it. It is a simple difference nature has made for the perpetuation of the race but because this need is there within you, and because you have a few more sensibilities and stronger emotions compared to an animal, we institutionalized our sexuality. That is what marriage is. And because we have to nurture our children and bring them up, unless there is a committed atmosphere, it is not going to happen properly. So we created this institution of marriage so that your sexuality and caring for progeny is also handled, and children grow up in more stable atmospheres.

How to make separation (divorce) less painful?

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Seeing your parents divorce is hard for any child, young or old. After all, the family unit as they know it may be changing overnight. By giving them the right emotional and mental support you can help them emerge stronger from the experience. Here’s what you need to know. When you and your spouse separate, it has emotional and mental fallout for your kids too. Children experience a sense of loss, anxiety, fear of abandonment, anger, and even guilt that they may somehow be responsible. From stranger anxiety to irritability and anxiety in smaller kids to slipping grades and behavioral issues in teens, every age group handles divorce differently. It isn’t going to be easy, but, fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to make it less painful. Start with some simple but effective steps that’ll help you approach the situation better. 

The Recipe for a Happy Marriage

The English expression, “Falling in love,” is significant because you don’t rise in love, you don’t fly in love, you don’t walk in love, you don’t stand in love. You fall in love, because something of who you are has to go. It essentially means someone else has become far more important than yourself. Only if you don’t think too much of yourself, you can be in love. When what you consider as “me” falls, a deep experience of love can happen within you. If your marriage is just a bundle of expectations about how to extract happiness out of someone who should make heaven for you, you will be disappointed. They say marriages are made in heaven. They say that because most people created a hell out of their marriage! If your relationship is about extracting something out of someone, it does not matter how much you manage, there will be constant trouble. But if your relationship was an offering to the other person, then everything would be fantastic.

Teenagers: Why do they rebel? (revised)

Teenagers say what REALLY annoys them about their mothers

Singing in the car, trying to be one of the gang and Facebook friend requests: Teenagers give their (toe-curling) views on what REALLY annoys them about their mothers

  • Joe Lawrence, 17, from London, is sick of his mother Julia singing in the car
  • Olivia Becci, 17, from London, wants her mother Anna-Maria to stop trying to be one of the girl gang when her friends come over to her house 
  • Seth Daker, 18, from Ripponden, West Yorkshire, wants his mother Nicky to stop sending him friend requests on social media including Facebook and Twitter

Privacy

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is privacy?
  2. How do you maintain your privacy at home? At school?On the Internet? When using Facebook? When you travel? When talking on the phone?
  3. What are the reasons why privacy is important for you?
  4. To what extent do public officials have a right to privacy?

Should gay marriages be legalized?

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Gay marriage declared legal across the US in historic supreme court ruling

Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional.

In what may prove the most important civil rights case in a generation, five of the nine court justices determined that the right to marriage equality was enshrined under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

Retirement

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the age for mandatory retirement in your country?
  2. At this stage of your life, are you beginning to make plans for your retirement years? Why?
  3. What would be a perfect retirement for you?
  4. Ranging from 1-10, 10 being the highest, how would you rate your career? Why?

Family / Children

Questions for discussion:

  1. What are three things that make relationships successful?
  2. What three qualities did you look for in a partner that you wanted to have a long term relationship with?
  3. Do you think conflicts make relationships stronger?
  4. What do you think about arranged marriages?

The red hot business of divorce celebration

The red hot business of divorce celebration

By Barbara Balfour

After finalising a painful divorce Wendy Lewis decided there was only one way to celebrate - by blasting her wedding dress with a machine gun. To get the job done the newly divorced American gathered her female friends - and the dress - and flew to Las Vegas, Nevada for a long weekend.

Generation Gap-Part II

1) Are people from the "older" generation always more wise and correct
in their ways of thinking and choices? Why or why not?
2) Do you ever disagree with your friends/parents/relatives/grandparents about topics such as music, style and values?
3) Is it possible for parents and children to be friends? Or for
people of different generations to be friends?
4) What influences the styles, values and interests of a generation?
How long is a generation?
5) What is an example of a time you and your

Generation Gap-Part I

1) What is a generation gap?
2) Have you ever felt a generation gap with your friends?
3) How do you over come the generation gap?
4) When do you feel the generation gap the most? Is it possible to
overcome a generation gap?
5) At what point in life does the generation gap seem to be the largest?
6) Do you think you can be a better parent than your own parents in future?
7) Do you think it is OK to date or marry someone of a different
generation to yourself, either older or younger?

Weddings

Questions for discussion:

  1. How do you feel about attending weddings? Are they boring, interesting, a waste of time?
  2. When was the last time you attended a wedding? Who was getting married?
  3. When you've been invited to a wedding, do you go out and buy a suit/dress and/or a pair of shoes for the occasion? Why do some people feel that they have to do this?
  4. After the wedding ceremony itself, in some countries there are wedding feasts or banquets. What happens after the wedding in your country?

Living in society: Is it easy to be "social animal"?

1) How often do all the members of your family get together?
2) What differences has the internet made to people's ability to keep relationships going over long distances?
3)The human being is said to be a "social animal". One of the main criticisms made of internet is that we're getting used to relating to people we'll never meet. What are the implications of that?
4)Does it worry you that many children nowadays spend more time in front of computer games than actually playing with their friends?

Сhildhood. Are we similar to our parents?

1. How are you similar to your parents? How are you different?

2. Were your parents super protective?At what age could you go
places by yourself? Did your parents always tell you what to do?

3. Did you play outside? What did you like to play? How long did you
play outside a day? Could you play outside all year long?

4. Did you play on the streets? Was it dangerous to play in the streets? What kind of things did you do in the streets? Did you ever have an accident while playing in the streets? What happened?

Childhood. Is it always happy?

1.Did you have a happy childhood?

2.What did you like to do when you were a child? What did you look like?

3.Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

4. What was your favorite subject? Why?

5. What was your favorite game? Who did you play it with? Who gave it
to you? When did you like to play it?

6. Do you remember anything about your personality when a child?

7. Were you good at making friends? How did you make friends? Did you
have a lot of friends? What did you enjoy doing with your friends?

Is marriage an identity crisis?

In 1921, Stone's example inspired the journalist Ruth Hale to found the
Lucy Stone League, an American organization supporting women's rights
to keep and use their maiden names. Mentored by Helena Normanton, and
open to both women and men, the 'Lucy Stoners' challenged in federal
court any government edict that would not recognise a married woman by
the name she chose to use. Their slogan was "My name is my identity
and must not be lost." During the 1920s they succeeded in getting real

Child Abuse

True Stories from young people

I hated to see mum get hurt . . .'

My mum met my step-dad when I was five. After he came into our lives, things changed. At times he could be ok, take us out as a family and stuff, but at other times he'd get into these nasty moods.

When he was in a mood and going at mum, I used to get between them, even though they both would yell at me to go to my room. Sometimes I got hit by him if I got in the way, but I hated to see mum get hurt.

Relationship Advice

PART 1

Love actually!

1. Do you believe in "love at first sight"?

2. At what age do people usually get married in your country?

3. At what age do you plan to get married? (Or at what age did you get married?)

4. Do you want a spouse (husband or wife) who is exactly the same age as you, or a bit younger or older? Why?

5. What qualities are important in a spouse?

6. Do you think it's possible to find love on the Internet?

7. What kind of wedding do you want? (Describe it in detail.)

International Dating & Marriage

1.Would you marry someone of another nationality?
2.Are your parents of the same nationality?
3.What are some advantages of an international marriage?
4.What are some disadvantages?
5.Do you want your husband to know how you looked as a child? Why or why not?
6.Do you believe that having a permanent love between two people who are living in two different countries is possible?

Single Parents, Part II

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Over the past 20 years single-parent families have become even more common than the so-called "nuclear family" consisting of a mother, father and children. Today we see all sorts of single parent families: headed by mothers, headed by fathers, headed by a grandparent raising their grandchildren.

School

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is your first memory of school?
  2. Were you happy at school?​
  3. Do you think children like school?
  4. What do you think about the fact that English children start school at 4 and Russian children start at 6 or 7?
  5. If you could talk to yourself as a child now, what piece of advice would you give yourself about school?

Nursing Homes, Retirement Communities, Disabilities and Handicaps

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think people send their elders to nursing homes?
  2. Do you think sending your loved ones to nursing homes is a kind of abandonment?
  3. Do you think we should take care of our parents when they grow old? Is it a family duty?
  4. Do you ever get tired of family duties?
  5. Does the government in your country care of people in their old age?
  6. Would you consider living in an retirement home when you're older?

Family & Alternative Lifestyles

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do grandparents help to look after their grandchildren in your country? Who should take care of old people, in your opinion?
  2. Do unmarried couples live together in your country these days? What do people in your society think about this kind of arrangement?
  3. Do people in your country ever decide to remain single and not create a family? If so, what does the rest of your society think?
  4. Is polygamy allowed in your culture? Is it OK to have more than one spouse? Would you like this life style?

Teenagers: Why Do They Rebel?

Driving fast, breaking curfew, arguing, shoplifting. Teenagers can push your patience, but unfortunately, some kids go as far as blatantly flouting rules or breaking the law, often with tragic results. What's with this rebellious streak? How can parents funnel it into less risky business?

Mother

Reading: A heart touching story of every mother

This story begins when I was a child: I was born poor. Often we hadn’t enough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me her portion of rice.

Marriage

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“When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

Single Parents

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'She's my champion': LeBron James writes tribute to his single mom

Gloria James raised her only child and future NBA phenomenon alone after becoming pregnant at 16. LeBron says it is her love and devotion that made it possible for him to pursue his dreams...

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