Learning through debate
The pupils of Burnham Grammar and Eton College who signed up for the Jabuji Pilot Debate had never formally debated before. They read the novel Jabujicaba in preparation and participated in two evening workshops run by Voices for Nature with the help of the Eton College Debating Society. They divided into two mixed teams, chose their characters from the novel, built their arguments and practised debating. They researched and worked together outside of the workshops to prepare their arguments on the debate motion: “This house believes that as a sovereign state, Brazil has the right to sell off its own rainforests.” The issue was far more complex than first appeared… Time was limited. There was no practice run.
Here are the links to the short videos of the individual character perspectives on the Pilot Debate Motion. They are sequenced as in the Pilot Debate – A1 opened the debate, B1 replied, the A2 and so on…
Team A – arguing FOR the motion
Team B – arguing AGAINST the motion
A1 The Generals
Which team do you think won? Answer is here.
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