721Q Students Speak at Queens Public Hearing, Make News in The NY Times and The Globe

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:

Amid Raging Debate Over Statues, a Calm Discussion in New York

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Oil Spills: Not If, but When?

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?

 

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Round One Topic in the News

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.

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Questioning During the Cross-Exam

Helping your team to come up with the cross-exam questions can be one of the most confusing parts of the debate (which is actually a good thing because it means they are thinking critically!) and so it is helpful to have some guidelines and question starters ready.

Here are some ways to start out a good cross-exam question: Continue Reading →

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177Q Supports Puerto Rico

Bridgit Hamill from 177Q sent us the following news, which we just had to share:
“Tomorrow our class (the P177Q debate team) is having a bake sale to benefit a family in Puerto Rico directly affected by Hurricane Maria.  Because we try to keep current on the news in order to study for debate, we were discussing this topic.  The kids were very sad and passionate about wanting to do something to help. ”

Thank you for the great work you are doing!

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Digital Currency a Reality

Well, the kids debated it in 2014, and three years later it is a reality. Look at this sign in a Japanese restaurant on 31st street in Manhattan. They only accept credit and debit cards…no money allowed! Which means that if you wanted to pay for your meal with dollars and coins, or if you are not old enough to have a credit/debit card, or if your credit card was turned down, etc., etc., you have to go to another restaurant. Bad luck if you are craving sushi!

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