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Debate: Should the U.S. Government Issue Digital Currency?

The U.S. government is considering creating digital currency as a substitute for paper money. Payment apps like Apple Pay involve moving traditional money from banks behind the scenes, costing transaction fees. No fees would be charged for digital currency, allowing more people to participate in the electronic marketplace. Some say the new system would keep America competitive with China, too. Digital currency would give the government greater access to information about where and how people spend, however, raising concerns about privacy. Listen to learn more about a new type of money and then debate: Should the U.S. government issue digital currency?


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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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