Debate class section.

studyingFor our final, we will have a class debate on the following resolutions:

Helena High School should require all students to wear uniforms.

Helena High School should install video cameras in the hallways and parking lots.

The use of outside research and information would certainly improve the quality of this debate and your score. The final will be about 10% of your grade for the semester—and your participation in the debate should reflect all of the skills you have developed in the first semester of the class.

The test over the environmental ethics unit will be on Wednesday, December 19th. It will cover the following sections:

You may also download a full ibook of the notes for this section here.

You may use a single 3×5 note card for the exam, but if you do, the highest grade you may receive on the test is an 85.

These are the topics we will debate on factory farming:

  1. Are the practices associated with factory farming unnecessarily cruel to animals?
  2. Does the practice of factory farming increase health risks for humans and animals?
  3. Does factory farming reduce costs for consumers?

When  I post new class news on the web page, they should also appear on the class Facebook page now. Wouldn’t it be a lovely idea to to use Facebook for some educational purpose?

You can visit the class Facebook page here.

Notes, assignments, and the calendar page are still only here on the main site.

The final for Debate class will be your presentation of a personal philosophy to the class, in written and oral form. Please review this assignment sheet and spend some time refining and developing your argument.

The most important things to keep in mind are to be original, provocative, and honest. Write a philosophical position that is something you really believe, whether it’s about human nature or the nature of the universe.

Think of the Ralph Waldo Emerson, who called on his readers to write a philosophy of their own:

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? Why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? The sun shines to-day also…. There are new lands, new men, new thoughts. Let us demand our own works and laws and worship.

Good luck!