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Debate: Is College for Everyone?

A rising number of young people are opting to attend trade schools over college. College graduates are likely to earn higher salaries, on average, than those who do not graduate from college, and to have jobs with benefits and security. For many, a college education provides a broad base of knowledge that is useful over a lifetime. Demand for workers in construction, car mechanics, and other trades, is rising, however, and people with these skills may earn as much or more than college graduates. For those who like active, hands-on work, trade school may offer a more appealing path. Listen to learn about the boom in skilled trade programs and then debate: Is college for everyone?


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Story Length: 4:22

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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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