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Debate: Should D.C. Become the 51st State?

For decades, debate has raged over whether Washington, D.C. should legally become a state, which would allow its residents voting representation in Congress. The U.S. Constitution made D.C. the nation’s seat of government over 200 years ago, and some say a Constitutional amendment is the only way to make D.C. a state. Others say statehood can be achieved by simply redrawing district lines, or absorbing D.C. into the state of Maryland. Listen to learn more about what advocates and opponents of statehood are saying and then debate: should D.C. become the 51st state?


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  • 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?

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  • 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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