Research topic on The Calhoun School documentary

Education reform in the American education system is a topic that is constantly evolving, with new ideas for how we can better teach young people arising all the time. The Calhoun School, a progressive private school located in the Upper West Side of New York City, recently broached the idea of education reform as it pertains to racism in schools in their documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?”

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

The Calhoun School documentary covers the issue of racism. (Credit: Calhoun.org)

Background on The Calhoun School documentary

According to “Rethinking Racism Through Film and the Eyes of Students” by Sophia Hollander for The Wall Street Journal on November 23, 2014, the documentary, “I’m Not Racist…Am I?,” “charts the evolution of 12 teenagers from public and private schools across New York City … as they attend race workshops for one year.” Read more

The Velvet Revolution and Eastern Europe—research paper topics to consider

November 17, 2014, was the 25th anniversary of the successful Velvet Revolution, which brought about the fall of communism in the former Czechoslovakia. The Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in East Germany, which also happened 25 years ago, were part of the efforts put forth by many countries in Eastern Europe to escape the rule of the communists.

The Velvet Revolution of 1989. (Credit: Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

The Velvet Revolution of 1989. (Credit: Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

The time period, and the changes that happened, offer many research paper topics. Read more

Impeachment of Bill Clinton is a good topic for a research paper

Are you searching for a good topic for a history or political science research paper? Would you believe that Questia, your online research library and paper writing resource, contains more than 900 books and over 6,000 magazine, newspaper and journal articles on the impeachment of Bill Clinton?

The case of the impeachment of Bill Clinton. (Credit: imgarcade.com)

The case of the impeachment of Bill Clinton. (Credit: imgarcade.com)

Now, William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States (1993–2001), is a good topic for a history research paper all by himself. Read more

Research on terrorism in America for your term paper

For your politics and government term paper, consider writing about terrorism in America and the study of terrorism statistics and data. Many governmental and private research centers are conducting studies and compiling statistics for domestic terrorism in the U.S. and for international terrorism around the world.

Learn more about terrorism for your next research paper. (Credit: Riverine News)

Learn more about terrorism for your next research paper. (Credit: Riverine News)

For good research paper topics, you can mine these resources for information on what is terrorism, how prevalent is it, who is perpetrating it and where is it happening. Read more

Research paper topics: Common Core and educational standards

The political controversy swirling around the Common Core curriculum of educational standards shows no sign of abating.

Explore the Common Core curriculum for your educational research paper. (Credit: councilforeconed.org)

Explore the Common Core curriculum for your educational research paper. (Credit: councilforeconed.org)

While looking into the need and impetus for educational standards makes an excellent idea for a term paper, other research paper topics around the Common Core, from its focus on improving critical thinking skills to whether it has been effective thus far, would also be interesting to explore in more depth. Read more

Research topic on “Meet the Mormons” and religious stereotypes

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormon Church, is not well understood by many outside of its temples. But a new documentary, Meet the Mormons, hopes to challenge many of the preconceived religious stereotypes that surround the religion by looking at six homes where the religion is practiced.

The "Meet the Mormons" documentary has its share of critics. (Credit: Deseret News)

The “Meet the Mormons” documentary has its share of critics. (Credit: Deseret News)

Infomercial or documentary

During Meet the Mormons, viewers meet an engineer from Nepal, a coach from the U.S. Naval Academy, a kickboxer from Costa Rica, an African-American academic counselor, a retired colonel and a single mom. What does this diverse group all have in common? According to the documentary, it is their religion, one Meet the Mormons clearly wants to promote as diverse. But the Mormon Church has not historically been known for its diversity. Read more

Criminal justice topics for your research paper

With all the fervor over the recent shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in the news, college students in criminal justice class should be able to find good research paper topics.

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

One topic for your term paper is the perceived racial bias in the criminal justice system. Other possible topics are the positive link between criminal justice and the Affordable Care Act, and Pope Francis’ condemnation of the death penalty. Read more

Discuss the Nobel Peace Prize recipients in your next research paper

The latest recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize not only shine attention on the plight of their main causes—girls’ right to education and children’s rights—but the two winners also draw attention to other important topics.

Nobel Peace Prize recipients: Malala Yousafzai (Reuters/Andrea De Silva), Kailash Satyarthi (AFP Photo/Bobby Bank)

Nobel Peace Prize recipients: Malala Yousafzai (Reuters/Andrea De Silva), Kailash Satyarthi (AFP Photo/Bobby Bank)

Malala Yousafzai is from Pakistan while Kailash Satyarthi is from India, two countries that have long been hostile to one another and who are again embroiled in a conflict. Yousafzai’s award also highlights the lack of women honored with the Nobel Peace Prize since its inception. Read more

Research topic on gender inequality awareness

It may seem like everyone is always talking about gender inequality and the wage gap—as if these are outdated subjects. Shouldn’t we have solved those issues by now? But the truth is that gender inequality is still rampant, and it is brought to the attention of diplomats and the general public by people like UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, who made an impassioned speech in September about how gender inequality is not a woman’s issue—it’s a human issue.

UN Ambassador Emma Watson addresses gender inequality. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, Getty Images)

UN Ambassador Emma Watson addresses gender inequality. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, Getty Images)

If you are looking for a good research paper topic in gender studies or women’s studies, consider looking at the wage gap, the content of (or reactions to) UN Ambassador Emma Watson’s speech, or a recent study that shows girls are actually ahead of boys—worldwide—in receiving higher grades and achieving student success. Read more

Research topics on “The Roosevelts” documentary

Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt. It may be hard to believe that so much influence and social good came from one family in the first half of the 20th century. But as Ken Burns’ documentary, The Roosevelts, spells out, these three individuals uniquely shaped the path the U.S. took during their lifetimes, as well as in the years since their deaths.

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

The PBS documentary offers a range of research paper topics on FDR, Teddy Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, including topics in politics and economics, social causes and women’s issues. Read more