[ti:‘Teachable Moment’: Impeachment] [by:www.myyhpf.tw] [00:00.00]更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM [00:00.04]For just the fourth time in U.S. history, lawmakers are holding public hearings [00:07.92]to debate the possible impeachment of an American president. [00:13.80]The U.S. Constitution describes "impeachment" [00:17.97]as a way for lawmakers in the House of Representatives [00:21.96]to charge a government official with a crime. [00:25.86]If they do, lawmakers in the Senate hold a trial [00:31.18]to decide whether to remove the official from office. [00:35.60]Since 1788, when the Constitution was adopted, [00:41.81]only three other U.S. presidents faced impeachment. [00:47.43]None has been removed from office. [00:51.60]Official public hearings will begin Wednesday. [00:55.60]Witnesses already have testified to several committees in closed-door hearings. [01:02.49]They said they were concerned the president withheld [01:06.76]Congressional-approved military aid to Ukraine [01:10.46]in exchange for information on his political opponent, Joe Biden. [01:16.50]The president and his government deny wrongdoing, [01:20.58]and have not agreed to requests for documents and witness interviews. [01:27.09]Around the country, schools are using the impeachment investigation [01:33.27]as a "teachable moment" for students. [01:36.63]At a rural North Carolina high school, the fifteen-and sixteen-year-olds [01:42.71]in Aedrin Albright's civics class had done their homework. [01:47.51]They had read about impeachment in news stories. [01:52.04]Now it was time to decide: Should President Donald Trump be impeached? [01:59.68]Students pulled their chairs across the room. [02:02.96]The three who supported impeachment sat on one side. [02:07.71]The fifteen students who opposed it sat on the other. [02:12.08]The ten undecided students were in the middle. [02:16.49]"Your job is to try to persuade your classmates in here [02:20.48]to come to your side, to your understanding," [02:24.18]Albright told the teenagers at Chatham Central High School. [02:28.56]Albright asked students to make their arguments [02:32.24]using the news stories they had read. [02:35.10]They could change sides, and the undecideds were urged to choose one. [02:42.08]Overall, the discussion went well, Albright said. [02:47.00]The anti-impeachment side gained three more students. [02:51.91]One student joined her pro-impeachment classmates. [02:55.96]And six students remained undecided. [03:00.07]Their mock votes show the political divisions across the country. [03:05.44]Voters in the area around the school mostly supported Trump in the 2016 election. [03:13.92]Another area nearby voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton. [03:19.45]And many Americans – and lawmakers – [03:23.28]already have strong opinions about the president [03:27.35]and are unlikely to change their beliefs. [03:31.23]In another area of the country, St. Paul, Minnesota, [03:35.94]Mark Westpfhal teaches at the Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented School. [03:42.09]The school is located in "an extremely liberal" area, he said. [03:47.67]Most of his students support Trump's impeachment and removal from office. [03:53.78]In September, Westpfhal put together a three-day impeachment lesson [03:59.45]for the twelve- and thirteen-year-olds in his American studies class. [04:04.76]He required his students to differentiate between what they believe [04:10.53]and what they know about the president's actions. [04:14.87]They were "quick to argue that he has done so many illegal things," Westpfhal said. [04:20.52]"But when I asked them to describe the things he has done [04:24.73]and how those things violated the law, they slowed down a little." [04:30.72]Westpfhal often brings current events into his lesson plans. [04:35.12]He said his class discusses "how emotion and partisanship" [04:40.64]can dictate, or control, people's views. [04:44.86]I'm Kelly Jean Kelly. 更多聽力請訪問51VOA.COM 重庆幸运农场开奖结果查