6947127648 499a001d07 b

Image licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

CURRENT EVENT | SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Debate: Should We Bring Back Betting on Elections?

During elections in the United States, many agencies run polls to predict who will win and by what margin. Using scientific methods, these polls are often somewhat accurate. Before the modern technique of polling, Americans used to place bets on who would win the election. Sometimes the loser would have to give up money, in other cases, the loser would have to do things like carry the winner around on his back or even eat a crow. Listen more to learn about the history of predicting election results and then debate: Should betting on elections be allowed?

Want to Listen?

TEACHERS: Access our entire library of lessons and current events!

With a free teacher account, you get:
  • Our lesson collections for Social Studies, ELA, and Science
  • Authentic audio news stories curated for the classroom
  • Teaching resources to check for understanding
  • And new Current Events every school day
Teachers Join Free

Already a Member? Login Now

Story Length: 3:19

Listen to the Story:

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?

Socrative users can import these questions using the following code: SOC-1234