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Debate: Is U.S. Democracy At Risk?

Healthy, effective democracies depend on educated, engaged citizens and a balance of power among well-functioning branches of government. When these conditions deteriorate, the health of a democracy can backslide. Some say the events of the past few years, including the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol and its aftermath, indicate that American democracy is weakening. Citizen engagement in politics is at an all-time high, however, leading others to conclude that U.S. democracy has actually grown stronger. Listen to hear more and then debate: Is U.S. democracy at risk?


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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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