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Old 05-24-2019, 01:34 PM
 
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Yes, we have graded class debates and discussions as part of the social studies curriculum.
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Old 05-24-2019, 03:37 PM
 
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Keep in mind that "Debate Team" will include less than a dozen kids usually.
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Old 05-24-2019, 04:23 PM
 
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I want to first say I am not in the education field. Just wondering if these subjects are taught much at the high school level these days? I do remember teachers that would assign us a topic and position (pro/con) to be debated in front of the class. I ask because more and more I get the impression that constructive dialogues between opposing viewpoints is not something considered worthwhile, that it creates more problems than it solves. Of course I would not bring this up in the first place if I did not disagree with that assertion.
If you watch mindless media, some debate tactics being used today are 1.) putting words in people's mouths, and 2.) red herrings.
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:34 PM
 
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People lack critical thinking skills and have poor reading comprehension. So they tend to group up with the masses and read short headlines to make their decisions easier. Having to read an entire article? Why do that when the headline sums up all they need to know?

Another thing is social media has degraded discussion to the tabloid rack.

Its all about getting in a zing for your side and ignoring the same behavior when it is your guy doing it.

If you want to use humor and fake news as a joke, I have no issues with it. There should be a disclaimer though when videos get altered that this is for entertainment purposes only and if that isn't adhered to people and organizations should be punished for presenting it as real. Doesn't help when Presidents and their attorney tweet them out.

This epidemic will only get worse at technology improves. You shouldn't have fudged videos of the speaker of the house being pushed around like they were recently. Disparaging people with out right fake information, even if they are in the public eye should be illegal unless clearly marked as entertainment. I bet you 20 or 30% of the people that saw the video will still believe it is real despite it being debunked. The same holds true for any side doing it.

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Old 05-24-2019, 05:44 PM
 
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People lack critical thinking skills and have poor reading comprehension. So they tend to group up with the masses and read short headlines to make their decisions easier. Having to red an entire article? Why do that when the headline sums up all they need to know.

Another thing is social media had degraded discussion to the tabloid rack.

Its all about getting in a zing for your side and ignoring the same behavior when it is your guy doing it.

If you want to use humor and fake news as a joke, I have no issues with it. There should be a disclaimer though when videos get altered that this is for entertainment purposes only and if that isn't adhered to people and organizations should be punished for presenting it as real. Doesn't help with Presidents and their attorney tweet them out.

This epidemic will only get worse at technology improves. You shouldn't have fudged videos of the speaker of the house being pushed around like they were recently. Disparaging people with out right fake information, even if they are in the public eye should be illegal unless clearly marked as entertainment. I bet you 20 or 30% of the people that saw the video will still believe it is real despite it being debunked. The same holds true for any side doing it.
Someone thought it was a good idea to develop a platform where you had a 140-character limit to your posts. Many perfectly grammatical and concise sentences can exceed that.
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:36 PM
 
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Yes, I did public forum debate all four years of high school. We were also required to take a debate class, and a government class where we debated public policy.

I went to a very liberal public high school, and it was pretty rigorous. Not sure how it compares to schools down south or out west.
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