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I have been having school in the form of a debate with my 3 oldest and have seen some of their thinking process and what the personally believe. It is quite interesting! It has also shown me that we need to work on our skills as orators and our reactions to other people negative reactions to the way we lay out our own ideas and or beliefs. But overall, we have been learning SO much!

So, my question is this...Do you teach debating skills or do you use debating skills to utilize school lessons or ideas?


How do you feel about Debating?

  

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by on Dec. 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Lol But at least you got hands on experience.
Learning to, not get your panties in a twist, is something a lot of people could learn. A great quality to know, that's for sure. Lol


Quoting Dawn07: Yes lol. Probably wasn't a smart move but I learned. I didn't debate everything an all the time though. Sometimes I would just read the debate and people's comments and would pick up on things. The first thing I learned was don't get your panties in a knot just because they disagreed with you.

Quoting kirbymom: Even without any experience?

Quoting Dawn07: I went onto debate forums a lot.

Quoting kirbymom: Aww.
How did you learn? If you don't mind my asking?


Quoting Dawn07: I would like to be able to have my children learn how to debate and the proper etiquette of debating. I learned the hard way.
spitfire06
by Member on Dec. 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM
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Teach me how to debate!

Quoting kirbymom: I have been having school in the form of a debate with my 3 oldest and have seen some of their thinking process and what the personally believe. It is quite interesting! It has also shown me that we need to work on our skills as orators and our reactions to other people negative reactions to the way we lay out our own ideas and or beliefs. But overall, we have been learning SO much!



So, my question is this...Do you teach debating skills or do you use debating skills to utilize school lessons or ideas?





How do you feel about Debating?



Dawn07
by Bronze Member on Dec. 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM
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Yes, there are some that do. Don't get me wrong there are days I stay away from debates because of hormones. If I don't everything will be twisted lol.
It was a really great experience. I learned that I can still respect a person and their opinion without ever having to agree. And although I haven't started to teach my own kids I was able to pass some of this on to my youth kids I teach.
I found a book that is called the art of argument and want to teach my kids. Then I want to find a place for them to apply it like I did. I do agree that it is a good life skill.


Quoting kirbymom: Lol But at least you got hands on experience.

Learning to, not get your panties in a twist, is something a lot of people could learn. A great quality to know, that's for sure. Lol





Quoting Dawn07: Yes lol. Probably wasn't a smart move but I learned. I didn't debate everything an all the time though. Sometimes I would just read the debate and people's comments and would pick up on things. The first thing I learned was don't get your panties in a knot just because they disagreed with you.



Quoting kirbymom: Even without any experience?



Quoting Dawn07: I went onto debate forums a lot.



Quoting kirbymom: Aww.

How did you learn? If you don't mind my asking?





Quoting Dawn07: I would like to be able to have my children learn how to debate and the proper etiquette of debating. I learned the hard way.
SusanTheWriter
by Bronze Member on Dec. 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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We didn't debate growing up, but I ended up picking it up in college. Paid for most of my 2nd degree by being on the forensics team. I did mostly Oral Interp of Lit, but my coach forced me to debate one semester so I could be more well-rounded. We won and I said I never wanted to do that again! *gg*

But we're big debaters in this house. Define your terms, do your research, don't make claims you can't back up, be able to point out fallacies, lay out your arguments logically. Somehow, they absorbed it with mother's milk. We watch news and documentaries and science programs with a very critical eye. We love Mythbusters, but never an episode goes by where we don't question their methodology!

bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Dec. 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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You have our prayers for a great place!

Quoting kirbymom: I know what you mean! I have a couple of cuties like that myself. :)

Not yet. It is slow going. Prices in NY are HIGH! lol


Quoting bluerooffarm:

Levi enjoys science and he's really good at math, but he doesn't really like it unless he doesn't realize he's doing it!  LOL  

No problem! How did the search go?

Quoting kirbymom: Your family and my family would live having conversations! Your son is a deep thinker. Does he enjoy science or math or both?


btw ... Sorry I took soon long to reply. We have been looking for a place to move into.


Quoting bluerooffarm:

Those are awesome topics!  We like to discuss the ethics research.  We  recently watched a documentary on Netflix (Alien Planet) about the probe we are planning to send to Darwin IV, leaving in 2014.  We've had some lively debates about the ethics of that space flight.  It was interesting the way my middle son questioned the portrayal of all the benign little beings they supposed we will find.  He's really pessimistic of it.  And his arguments are very valid.  It will take 42 years for the probe to get there and 6 years for the message to return.  (He is 6 BTW) And he wonders how much faster a smarter creature could travel than we do.  Is it possible to travel at the speed of light and if so, seconds after the message gets here to say there is a smarter being, the smarter being could be here too.  Yikes!  He is obsessed with this discussion and researching and thinking about the possibilities!  

Quoting kirbymom: I grew up similarly. I loved a good debate upon which to either further my beliefs or learn new ways of thought.
I don't really teach it either as a stand alone subject/lesson but we do make sure that the kids can debate an issue well. Both from a verbal viewpoint and a written viewpoint.
Right now, my 16 and 14 and 12 yr olds and I are in the middle of a bunch of debates. We are discussing anti-matter, the different dimensions, quantum theory.


Quoting bluerooffarm:

We don't actually teach debate, but we debate a lot for fun.  I grew up debating with my father at the kitchen table, and our kids are doing the same now.  It has upped my game debating the side I disagree with sometimes!  My father played Devil's Advocate a lot when we were growing up and I am really appreciating how difficult it can be.  The kids have some pretty awesome ideas and really take to a challenge.  We only have 2 real rules in our house and we often have debates about adding more rules.  Since all rules can be boiled down to our 2 rules it's fun to watch them come to the conclusions that adding the rule is either superfluous OR will actually limit their freedoms.  It's fun to use debate to draw those conclusions out of them without just dictating or telling them straight out why we believe what we do.


kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 9, 2013 at 5:56 PM
Lol - Well then, pick a topic. One that, either you are passionate about it want to learn more about. You want to start off with something that you are familiar with or softly understand. This way you have some working to start with. Here is a link that may explain this process better.....

http://www.markville.ss.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/politics/The%20Art%20of%20Debate.htm

Sorry this isn't clicky. It's this phone. It's a product from he11!!






Quoting spitfire06: Teach me how to debate!

Quoting kirbymom: I have been having school in the form of a debate with my 3 oldest and have seen some of their thinking process and what the personally believe. It is quite interesting! It has also shown me that we need to work on our skills as orators and our reactions to other people negative reactions to the way we lay out our own ideas and or beliefs. But overall, we have been learning SO much!

So, my question is this...Do you teach debating skills or do you use debating skills to utilize school lessons or ideas?


How do you feel about Debating?

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