DebateAble Table Volume 3: Freedom of Speech in Schools


Today we are offering our third DebateAble Table newsletter. It is very important to us to do what we can to keep our students and their families engaged in debate. And this week, we are asking you to engage with us by leaving us a comment on the Free Lessons included with every newsletter. (Scroll to the end of this blog post for this week's lesson.)

Now that you're here, please take a moment to comment -- or have your debater comment -- about any of the DebateAble Table newsletter topics or lessons that have made an impression on you or anyone else in your family. You can do that by clicking on Comment at the end of any blog post. For example, you could tell us whether you like the topic. Or...
How or when and where did you discuss that topic in your home?

Who got involved in that discussion?

Who "won" that discussion? And, how'd they do that?

We want to hear from you so we know how we're doing. And how we can keep doing better.

Now, on to this week's DebateAble Table topic. Today we're asking kids to think about freedom of speech - what it means and how it applies to them, as students. This is a topic very large in scope that a lot of smart people, from educators and students to politicians and voters, continue to debate, and we tried to narrow it down to make it relatable for kids. In the end, we know that no matter what anyone's opinion might be, there's always more than one side to every issue. Every perspective has value. And everyone has a seat at the table.

The DebateAble Table Newsletter includes all the content you need for your debate at home. No experience necessary. Just print the attached documents, pass them to your young debaters and follow along. Our aim is to promote dinnertime debates with your family and anyone else who shares your table, literally and virtually!

1. Freedom of Speech In Schools
2. Questions to Consider: Freedom of Speech
3. Activity: Walk Out Protests. A Form of Speech?

We hope DebateAble's weekly at-home discussions
• inspire each of us to think critically about the information we take in
• consider perspectives other than our own
• value ourselves as listeners and speakers, and
• develop confidence to engage with each other.

Questions, feedback or topics you want to see us explore? Put them in the comment section!! 
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1 comment

The first amendment is my favorite amendment. Excellent activity!

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