Debating and Our Values
In Fran's 2005 Society and Environment class, the older students took part in numerous discussions on different topics. Formal debating format, ideas and skills were developed.
The students had to remember to put aside their preferences and what they thought or believed. The process required considering all the issues and making an argument. This is not as easy as it might seem. It called for the students to listen to, consider and understand both points of view to effectively present their case. This directly involved a number of values from the cluster project, especially respect and understanding, tolerance and inclusion.
Our most structured debate was: “It is better to buy KFC than Subway.” The most contentious issue was: “What is the best use for the grass?” The issue most related to our personal lifestyle choices was: Smoking