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  • Essay Contest

    You can WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY when
    your students enter our 2014-2015

    "War on the Little Guy:
    When Are There Enough Rules?"

    125 CASH PRIZES for students, totaling $15,500!


    Help your students earn great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom's 2014-2015 essay contest, for students aged 12-18! In addition to 125 prizes for students totaling $15,500, every teacher whose student(s) earn an honorable-mention award or better will receive an autographed copy of one of John Stossel's bestselling books!

    Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words in length) on our web site between now and the February 17, 2015, deadline. Simply have your students view John Stossel's "Overregulation" segment from his his Fox News hour, War on the Little Guy, (view the streaming video here, you must be logged in, or you'll find the segment on our 2015 Edition free DVD), and write an essay on the following essay topic:


    In his Fox News hour, War on the Little Guy, John Stossel takes a critical look at how regulations have unintended consequences. Stossel covers small regulations, like those that govern magicians' rabbits, and larger ones that restrict whether businesses are allowed to operate. Choose a regulation and, using evidence, build a compelling case as to whether the regulation is good or bad.

    Please write a 500-1000 word essay on this topic. You must include at least one reference from Stossel's War on the Little Guy TV special or Stossel's recent book, No They Can't.

    We are offering your students 125 CASH PRIZES totaling $15,500! 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 meet John Stossel and to see a live taping of STOSSEL. Click this link for complete rules and submission information.

    Visit our 2014 Essay Winners Page for lists of last year's winners or to read the top essays.

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