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Debate: Should Police Have Access to School Surveillance Cameras?

In Springfield, Massachusetts, police have been given access to surveillance camera footage taken inside and outside of public school buildings, causing controversy in the community. School officials say the cameras will make schools safer by allowing police to respond quickly to emergencies. Opponents say that police could misinterpret student behavior, however, and unfairly target Black and brown students. Listen to hear school officials and community members express their views and then debate: Should police have access to school surveillance cameras?


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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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