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Debate: Should Schools Have Police Officers?

Police officers will no longer patrol the halls of public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. For the past 20 years, school resource officers (SROs) have been stationed in schools where they work closely with administrators to prevent crimes and ensure safety. Recently, however, some have argued that placing SROs in schools does not keep students safe, and may actually harm them. Their presence creates an atmosphere of intimidation, they say, and contributes to the disproportionate arrest rate of Black and Latinx students. Listen to a high school student and local politician discuss how to keep schools safe and then debate: Should schools have police officers?


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Story Length: 7:45

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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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