This morning is the start of Round 2. Here is the opening slide:
As we delve deeper into the topic of automated (aka self-driving) cars, we keep running into questions about self-driving trucks. Would the same rules apply? Do we need different laws for trucks than for cars? Which should come first? What about all the trucking jobs? We are curious to hear what the teams found out in their research. Round 2 begins next week. Are you ready?!
D75 Debate got the chance to visit the 226M Debate Team on Tuesday as they were preparing arguments for their upcoming debate on driverless cars. They had so many interesting ideas about the topic, and even a few jokes. We had a great time!
Tune in on Feb 15 to check out their match against the Great Debaters from 140K.
A November 2017 issue of the NY Times Magazine was almost 100% devoted to thoughtful articles about driverless cars. The subheading was “What happens to roadkill or traffic tickets when our vehicles are in control?” If you are interested in deep thinking, then follow the link below.
Last week, five students from the 721Q Eagles made the news for speaking at Queens Borough Hall during a public hearing commissioned by the mayor on the removal of “symbols of hate” from city property.
One of the students, Trashawn Pace, was quoted as saying, “I believe the statues of people who hurt others to become famous should be removed,” Mr. Pace said. “No one should ever have to suffer to make another person so famous that they get to be remembered forever.”
To read more about the debate and this new Queens team to be reckoned with, check out the articles below:
Last year for Round Three and the playoffs, students debated the issues regarding halting or continuing construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline. This week, another major pipeline, The Keystone XL, received final approval despite the “bad timing” of a massive oil leak just a few days prior on the Keystone Pipeline. Here is an article from Vice News entitled: Why a massive oil spill couldn’t stop the Keystone XL pipeline. Thoughts?
This soldier plays on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the only one on his team to stand for the National Anthem. Here is his story:
It seems that even psychologists are interested in our first debate topic. An article in Psychology Today magazine suggests that we consider each side of the “stand or kneel” debate before making up our minds. That way, we won’t get into any fights on or off the playing field.
Round One begins in just two weeks! How are the preparations going? As usual, our topic has been popping up in the news, including in the latest edition of Junior Scholastic. If you have a subscription, you can access the digital edition online.
A teacher asked this great Cross-Examination question:
Why do we have to post our questions the day before when we don’t know what the “holes” in the other team may be? Why can’t we have a team member, who is listening intently, come up with the questions as the debate is going on?
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