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(CNN Student News) -- March 30, 2010

Media Literacy Question of the Day

Who do you think is empowered by a story like the one about astronauts in today's show? Why? What kinds of stories and messages empower you?

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Moscow Attacks

What do authorities know about Monday's subway bombings in Moscow?

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How did Russian President Dmitry Medvedev respond to the attacks? What do you think he means when he calls prevention of terrorist attacks a "complex endeavor"? What challenges do you think governments face as they try to prevent terrorism?

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How did New York City police react to the attacks in Moscow? What message, if any, do you think that they may be trying to send through this reaction?

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Race to the Top

Which two states were awarded funding through President Barack Obama's Race to the Top program? According to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, why did these two states win?

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According to the report: What are some of the criteria for winning these funds? How have critics responded to the program?

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Do you think competition among states for education funding is a good or a bad idea? State your rationale.

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Women in Space

Who is Cady Coleman? What career has she chosen? Who helped to make her career path possible?

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According to the segment, what are some ways that women astronauts support each other? How do you think women who work in space exploration might inspire others?

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What do you think CNN's John Zarrella means when he says "women flying in space is no big deal"? Can you think of other fields in which the presence of women is no longer a "big deal"? Explain.

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