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Debate: Should Community College Be Free?

President Biden wants to make community college free. He has proposed providing enough federal funding so state community colleges can stop collecting tuition from students, with states increasing their share of the bill over several years. Advocates applaud the plan for its promise to give low-income Americans and other disadvantaged groups a better chance to succeed. Opponents note that funding sources for community college are already available in many parts of the country, and states may not embrace the idea. Listen to learn more about the controversy over federally funded higher education and then debate: Should community college be free?


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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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