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Debate: Should Daylight Saving Time Be Permanent?

Twice a year, Americans adjust their clocks. Pushing the clocks an hour forward in the spring during daylight saving time means more light in the evening, and many Americans want to make that permanent. They say more light at night saves energy and encourages people to be active. Changing the clocks, they argue, increases fatigue and can cause accidents. Others argue that changing clocks twice a year keeps the light consistent with our natural rhythms. Those who favor holding onto standard time are concerned that dark mornings can be difficult for those going to school or work. Listen to learn about an earlier attempt to stop switching the clocks and then debate: Should daylight saving time be permanent?


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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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