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Citizenship and the U.S. Census

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau aims to count every person living in the United States. Data from the census directly affects how billions of dollars in federal and state aid is given to local and state governments. The next census is on April 1, 2020, and the questions have been approved and released. Included in this census is the question: Is this person a citizen of the United States? Some states have fears about how this question will affect the response rate, and then affect their state budgets. Listen to hear more about the changes to the 2020 census questions.

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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