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Old 05-22-2019, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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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.
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:00 AM
 
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Don't most better schools still have debate teams?
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:22 AM
 
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Good question. Neither my school, nor my kids school did. No debate teams either.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:13 PM
 
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The high school my grandchildren go to here in Texas has a debate team. So do both the other high schools in our school district and the one in the other district that some of the kids in our town go to.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:44 PM
 
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The high school my grandchildren go to here in Texas has a debate team. So do both the other high schools in our school district and the one in the other district that some of the kids in our town go to.
Debate seems to be a good bit more popular in TX schools than many others places. IIRC Plano West won some sort of debate national championship last year.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:40 PM
 
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Debate seems to be a good bit more popular in TX schools than many others places. IIRC Plano West won some sort of debate national championship last year.
This year's contest is in June. So coming up soon. Plano came in 4th last year, I think.
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:51 PM
 
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This year's contest is in June. So coming up soon. Plano came in 4th last year, I think.
OK. I looked it up Plano West had two individual national champions in '18.

https://www.pisd.edu/site/default.as...56415&PageID=1
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:15 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.

No conservative viewpoints are tolerated in academia these days. Everything is PC and SJW garbage. Dissenting opinions are not welcome. Thus why higher education has safe spaces and cuddle rooms.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:23 PM
 
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debate is not on The Test.
the Teachers Teach to the Test.
that is, if they want to keep their jobs.

not saying right/wrong.
saying what happens here.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I work for a K-8 independent school. Civil discourse is a big part of our middle school program. It's integrated in language arts/public speaking, history, and social studies programs as well as clubs.
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