Scientists have long assumed that using insecticides that kill immediately is the best way to control parasite populations, and most insecticides for use on crops are designed accordingly, but my research on this project has shown that slow-acting types of insecticide control these populations more effectively.
Psychologists and psychobiologists generally take different sides in the "nature versus nurture" debate, but whichever side one takes, most doctors acknowledge that in adolescents with behavioral problems, by the time they or their parents seek treatment, both aspects play a role in these problems [stable context]. While significant pressure exists from various quarters to treat these children with drugs [status quo], many cognitive behavioral therapists believe that progress with both types of problem can often be made without medication [destabilizing condition].
then the following paragraph might acknowledge the advantages of these drugs, but then reiterate the author's main claim:
Too often, because of pressure from school authorities, treating adolescents with prescription drugs is the default response to behavioral problems, and as a result, psychostimulants such as Prozac and Ritalin are seriously overprescribed in these cases.
While this paper will argue that viable alternatives to psychostimulants exist, this is not to say that these drugs are not appropriate treatment in some or even many cases. Prescription drugs such as Prozac and Ritalin have been found to treat problems such as ADD, ADHD, and hyperactivity effectively in many cases, to the satisfaction of parents and children. However, while I do not claim that these drugs are ineffective, I will argue that cognitive behavioral therapy can be just as successful, if not more so. In addition, cognitive behavioral therapy does not pose the risk of dangerous physical and emotional side effects that psychostimulants do, or carry the long-term financial costs of these increasingly expensive medications.
The popular website fivethirtyeight.com, which compiles aggregates of poll numbers to create composite polls, showed across-the-board gains for democrats in swing states in the month before the 2006 election. Although critics accused fivethirtyeight.com of skewing its aggregate results by refusing to look at polls that tended to favor republicans, the site's predications turned out to be significantly closer to the actual results than many of the other major polls. As a result, I would argue that the criteria fivethirtyeight.com uses to decide which outside polls it will accept data from (which the site's author, Nate Silver, published in great detail in response to the accusations) may actually be more sound than that of other pollsters. I accordingly have paid more attention to fivethirtyeight.com's results than those of other polls that don't publish their methods. In this case, fivethirtyeight.com found that . . .
With school systems failing across the country, several suggestions have been made to ensure that hardworking high-school students will be able to prepare for college. Some educators have suggested that charter schools are the best solution [alternative]. However, charter schools have historically struggled to . . . Opponents of charter schools have suggested that increasing teacher salaries and offering bonuses to teachers who work in poorer urban schools will equalize the quality of education [alternative]. This solution presupposes that . . . Some schools propose to do away with, or at least de-emphasize, teaching that is aimed at passing standardized tests and achieving high SAT scores [alternative]. While this option may be a necessary part of improving our schools, it is not a plan in itself . . . Many parents want to see these schools offering more dual-enrollment and AP options for bright students [solution]. If implemented correctly, this option will be the most effective preparation for the college environment . . .