[eDebate] Roe v. Wade - program issues
Zompetti at aol.com
Mon Apr 10 18:14:54 CDT 2006
I agree with Kathryn.
Debate is supposed to foster critical thinking, research, and other skills,
centered around an issue of contemporary controversy. Given that, what
immediately comes to mind as a possible topic for debate? Along with the death
penalty, euthenasia, and now immigration reform, abortion is at the top of the
No wonder abortion is so widely discussed in argumentation classes and
contemporary controversy classes. I wonder what U of I says when your classes
discuss abortion as a controversial topic? And, you mean to suggest that your
political science classes never talk about abortion, or Roe v. Wade?
To Tim and others trying to rebuild programs (oh, wait, that includes me!):
It doesn't surprise me that China was a hardsell on departments and
administrators. It would surprise me if a legal topic that includes abortion would
be a problem. Quite the opposite. Abortion, while being a political
lightning rod, is also an obvious pedagogical lightning rod to teach critical
thinking. For small and growing debate programs, we can actually use this legal
topic to get more support, not less. I'd love to chat with folks who are
interested in ways we can do this.
That's all for now....
In a message dated 4/10/2006 5:16:39 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
kathrynrubino at gmail.com writes:
First of all the topic is never going to be "Abortion: what up with that?"
at best/worst it will be a portion of the topic that deals with the Supreme
Court's role in the development of policies related to some of the most
relevant social issues of our day. I think this is exactly what the general public
thinks of when they think of debate.
Also if your administration doesn't support debate about the US's foreign
policy with China (one of the most important issues in international relations)
and they don't want to see debate about some of the social issues that seem
to be tearing at this country (see the last election and all of the blue
states/red states rhetoric) I guess I have to ask what _do_ they want to see?
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