Answers Activity 27

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MAN: Oh, look at this article in the paper! That's ridiculous!
WOMAN: What is?
MAN: They're trying to ban scouts from carrying penknives.
WOMAN: What's wrong with that?
MAN: Well, scouts have always carried penknives, haven't they? They're an essential part of their kit. How are they going to chop firewood, prepare food, or carve tools without them?
WOMAN: Well, I think too many young people carry knives these days. I read the other day that knife crime has risen by over fifty per cent in the last year, and it's time something was done about it.
MAN: I agree that something should be done about knife crime, but scouts aren't really into that, are they?
WOMAN: How do you know? If there's bullying and intimidation among kids at school, it might happen at scout meetings too?
MAN: I'm sure the leaders know the boys in their troop, and they'd be keeping an eye on any troublemakers. Anyway, banning knives completely undermines one of the main aims of the Scouts.
WOMAN: What do you mean?
MAN: Well, the first Scout Law says that a scout should be trusted, so surely they can be trusted enough to carry and use a penknife safely?
WOMAN: How about if the leaders keep the knives and hand them out when they're needed by the scouts?
MAN: That's just complicating the matter. Scouts have always carried a knife on their belt. Anyway, in my opinion, if you teach young people to respect knives, they will value them as a tool. If you treat knives as dangerous implements, they may never feel comfortable with them at all.
WOMAN: Is it actually legal to carry any kind of knife these days?
MAN: I'm not sure. No, wait a minute. It says here that it's 'legal for anyone to carry a foldable, non-locking knife as long as it's shorter than seven and a half centimetres'.
WOMAN: Right. In which case, I don't see the problem. If it's not against the law to carry a penknife, then I really don't think the Scouts Association should be banning them.




What is the article about?





Who disagrees most strongly with the proposal?





Who talks about these things? Choose the best alternatives.



the necessity of knives for a number of tasks


the increase in incidents involving knives


the potential for knife crime during scout


an incident where a scout was injured at a meeting


the good discipline at scout meetings


a compromise involving scout leaders


educating young people in order to remove the stigma surrounding knives


being a scout in their youth


what the law says about carrying knives


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