What’s your view?
Debating is an organised clash of good ideas that helps you to develop valuable and useful life skills
HAVE you ever come across a word in the newspaper that you have not seen before or don’t know what it means? This week’s word is CYNICAL Definition:- showing contempt or distrust for something
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In education, work and life in general, being able to structure arguments, make convincing analysis and present your thoughts or argument to others is a highly valued and useful skill. Debating allows you to improve all these skills.
What is a debate?
Unlike the arguments you might have with your family or friends, a debate is an organised clash of good ideas. It is a contest between two teams. It is like a tennis match where each side, following the rules set down, throw ideas back and forth to defeat the other team.
Two sides speak alternately for and against a particular contention usually based on a topical issue. Each person is allocated a time they are allowed to speak for and any interjections are carefully controlled.
Each side employs worthwhile evidence to promote their viewpoint and to rebut the evidence given by the other side to convince others that their views are right and persuade the judges that they have won.
Tips for debating
Research the subject to find facts to back up your views and validate your stance.
Use logic to develop your case and make your points. Lead each point on from what you were previously saying. That way you build up a story and expand your answer.
It’s always good to be prepared,
DID YOU KNOW?
Australia’s Monash University – represented by Nita Rao and James Beavis – won the 2013 world debating championships open category. This is the third time in a row the university has been crowned world champion.
Australia’s Bo Seo (best speaker of the tournament), Zoe Brown, Nick Salmon, James Stratton and Tyrone Connell won the 2013 World’s School Debating Championships. The World Schools Debating Championships is a global competition for high school debaters. The Championships take place each year in a different country. This year’s event was held in Turkey. so consider the counter arguments in advance. That way the other side can notcatch you out and you are always prepared.
Be open-minded and prepared to change your opinion if the other side convinces you your argument is flawed.
In the heat of a debate it is easy to lose your cool and attack the other person for having a different opinion to you.
Stick to the subject being debated.
In debating each team presents points in favour of their case. They also spend some time criticising the arguments presented by the other team. This is called rebuttal. There are a few things to remember about rebuttal:
Pick the important points – try to rebut the most important points of the other side’s case.
“Play the ball” – do not criticise the individual, criticise what they say. Being able to debate a topic is a great skill so get into some class debating. Here are a few topics that you might like to use.
Social networking sites are harmful
Animal testing should be made illegal
Beauty not brains gets you ahead in life
There shouldn’t be any zoos in the world Peer pressure is beneficial Students should be required to wear uniforms at school
Television is better than books What’s a topic you would like to debate?
News in the spotlight
DISCUSS the following topic and let us know what you think.
School bullying used to be something that stopped at the front gate and home time was a guaranteed escape from the torment. These days students no longer have that luxury as more and more bullying occurs online instead. The rise of social media and photo-sharing apps has made it easier for bullies to target others and harder for them to be caught.
MP Wyatt Roy is Queensland’s representative on the Coalition’s online safety working group, which aims to make a safer cyber-world.
“This is not about vilifying or demonising social media and all the positive benefits that it brings to our society,” he said. “This is about ensuring that our young people are equipped to deal with the challenges they may face online and are able to protect
In your opinion
SOCIAL media should be banned because it enables bullying and creates unsafe behaviour.
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