by John F. Kennedy
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Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl
- NPR Staff
Malala Yousafzai (born 1997) is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala is from the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban has banned girls from attending school. Malala, whose family ran a chain of local schools, publicly stood against the Taliban’s actions and launched an international movement, surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban on October 9th, 2012. The article discusses this incredible young woman and her continuing advocation for universal women’s education.Pair “Malala Yousafzai: A Normal Yet Powerful Girl” with “Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service” and ask students to discuss how Malala Yousafzai and John F. Kennedy believe peace can be achieved. How do both believe education contributes to their ideas of peace?
Stress for Success
- Alison Pearce Stevens
In this article, Science News for Students explores the ways that stress can be both harmful and helpful in our daily lives.Pair “Stress for Success” with “Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service" and ask students to discuss how Kennedy’s request for students to volunteer abroad could put them in a situation where they are exposed to stress that helps them grow. What kind of stress do students think volunteers working abroad would encounter? How might this help develop their character?
President Obama’s National Address to America’s Schoolchildren
- President Barack Obama
In “President Obama’s National Address to America’s Schoolchildren,” President Obama discusses the importance of education and the responsibility of students to commit to their education.Pair “President Obama’s National Address to America’s Schoolchildren” with “Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service" and ask students to compare the two leaders’ opinions on the power of education and the responsibility of those who receive an education. According to Kennedy and Obama, what are educated Americans capable of achieving?
The Peace Corps Journey
- Jennifer Borgen
In the informational text “The Peace Corps Journey,” Jennifer Borgen discusses what the Peace Corps is and what Peace Corps volunteers can expect from volunteering.Pair “Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service” with “The Peace Corps Journey” to provide students with both a primary source and a more contemporary text about John F. Kennedy’s vision. Ask students to discuss how Kennedy’s discussion of the program compares to Jennifer Borgen’s description of it today. Do students think the Peace Corps has accomplished what Kennedy hoped it would? Why or why not?