Dr. Gereboff's Head Notes
The Art of Debate
Several times during a student’s journey through Wornick, s/he will be called upon to debate. Fourth graders learn the art of debate when they analyze the question of “Were Missions Good for California?” and recently seventh graders developed a debate about the question of “Does Our Country have a Responsibility to Resettle Syrian Refugees?”
Debates display a couple of important aspects of a Wornick education. They are interdisciplinary units where student learn to make connections among several areas that they study – language arts, social students and Jewish values in the above two cases. Students learn how to communicate clearly, to support their positions with credible evidence, to engage in inferential analysis, to work collaboratively and to develop empathy for both sides of an argument. Debate is just one of the powerful tools that we use at Wornick to give our students the skills and knowledge that prepare them so well for an uncertain future.
Here is the link to two parts of the seventh grade debate:
7th Grade Debate Speeches 2016 Refugee Crisis
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