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Debate: Is In-Person Schooling Essential?

The debate over returning to in-person learning is complicated. Some argue that returning safely to in-person schooling should be among our nation’s top priorities. Remote and hybrid learning, they say, have not adequately served the needs of students. They want teachers to be considered essential workers, like health care and grocery workers, and protected from the pandemic accordingly. Others say that opening stores and restaurants, which will help preserve jobs and repair the economy, should come first. They argue that schools should be made as safe as possible but some degree of risk will likely always exist. Listen to learn more about the controversy over returning to school and then debate: Is in-person schooling essential?


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Story Length: 4:25

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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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