February 19, 2004

In-Class Debates

If anyone knows me, they know how much I love a good debate. But when do we draw the line?

"You have no idea what you are talking about! You didn't even read the case!"

"Don't @#$# with me," said the student, a finger pointed at his classmate, a vein sticking out of his neck.

Today in my corporate communications class I thought I would see fists 'a flyin. We were to be informally debating the communication strategy of Disney during a crisis and many of my classmates passionately raged at each other. And the raging was not even about the case or the subject, but focused on the oratory skills--or lack of--in their classmates.

Will we ever learn how to debate without anger? Can't we present opposing views without screaming our lungs out or interrupting the other person?

I have been guilty of this during many debates, but I promise HENCEFORTH to try to be a better debater--one that fights fair.

A good argument should be based upon good points, not the leatherness of one's lungs. Unfortunately, in my experience of class debates I have found this to be the case. I guess the excessively squeaky and obnoxious wheel does get the grease.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at February 19, 2004 5:48 PM
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