Discussion Starter: Climbers Die Chasing a Dream
28 May 2016
In the News Kathmandu, Nepal—Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, claimed five more lives recently, but that isn’t stopping long lines of people from attempting the summit. With a short “weather window” to scale the 29,035-foot peak, eager climbers—many of them amateurs—are taking risks to..
Discussion Starter: Transgender Bathroom Debate Intensifies
20 May 2016
Transgender Bathroon Debate Intensifies In the News Raleigh, N.C.—According to new federal guidelines, public schools must let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen identity, not their birth gender. President Obama says the rules are necessary to protect young people from..
Discussion Starter: First Daughter to Take Gap Year Before College
03 May 2016
In the News Washington, D.C.—Although Malia Obama has been admitted to Harvard University, she won’t begin classes there until the fall of 2017. Like a growing number of graduates, she’s taking a “gap year” before pursuing her college studies. Harvard is among an increasing number..
Discussion Starter: High School Fight Ends in Fatality
22 April 2016
In the News Wilmington, Del.—A fight in a girls’ bathroom resulted in the death of a 16-year-old girl this week. Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, a sophomore at Howard High School of Technology, died Thursday from injuries sustained during an altercation. Two girls are being questioned about..