Should we ban books? It's DebateAble.
Did you know that the first book was banned in the United States in 1637? That year, Thomas Morton published what the Puritan government considered a severe and heretical critique of Puritan practices in his book New English Canaan. Called “an infamous and scurrilous book,” it was subsequently banned throughout Quincy, Massachusetts. Book bannings are still with us, of course, and in the past two years more books have been banned or challenged than at any other time in our history.
This past fa…
DebateAble Table Volume 7: LOGICAL FALLACIES
In this post, we're focusing on logical fallacies. Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning. People use logical fallacies to distract from the topic being discussed or argued when they can't come up with a direct response. We've been covering logical fallacies in some of our online debate clubs and we noticed that kids are quick to grasp the different types of fallacies and to spot them in their own arguments and the arguments of others.
For most DebateAble Table lessons, we suggest that fami…
DebateAble Table Volume 5: Voting should be mandatory in the United States
DebateAble Table Volume 4: Finding and Evaluating Evidence
Today we're talking about evidence, what it is, where we find it, what makes it reliable and how we use it. Learning to be smart about the evidence we consume and to use it to make decisions, form opinions and debate is the first and best step to creating effective arguments— no matter what side of an issue we take on.
DebateAble Table Newsletter includes all the content your child needs for their debate at home. No experience necessary. Just print the attached documents, pass them to your y…
DebateAble Table Volume 3: Freedom of Speech in Schools
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.…
DebateAble Table Volume 2: Are Participation Trophies Good or Bad for Kids?
Let your children's questions guide you. Answer their questions truthfully, but don't offer unnecessary details or facts. Don't avo…
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