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Debate: Who Should Determine Whether Schools Are Safe?

Deciding how to protect people in group settings, including schools, has been challenging during the pandemic. In many school communities, decisions about safety are made by school boards and school leaders, like superintendents and principals. Parents, too, voice their opinions on safety by attending school board meetings, and teachers work through their unions to express concerns and demand safety measures. Students are deeply affected by policies around COVID-19 safety, but some argue they have the least say in determining safe learning conditions. Listen to a high school junior explain why he helped organize a walkout at his school and then debate: Who should determine whether schools are safe?

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Story Length: 4:58

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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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