Junior Forum 2018: Should Celebrities Speak Out?

Posted on December 14th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Should celebrities speak out on political issues?

Jessica Sherin (as Barbra Streisand), Gifford Campbell (as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones), Matt Duver (as Penguins coach Mike Sullivan), and Riley Leibeck (as Fox News’ Laura Ingraham) discussed the topic at AC Junior Forum Thursday, December 13th, with moderator Evelyn Van Arsdale.

They addressed whether athletes should be allowed to kneel during the national anthem, First Amendment freedom of speech rights, who is really “qualified” to state political opinions, and more in a riveting discussion.

Forums are conducted in each of the four Upper School grades. The seniors went first discussing whether civil discourse was possible in today’s democracy.

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Standing Up for Civil Discourse

Posted on November 2nd, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

We see it every day: increasingly polarized and unfiltered outbursts on hot-button issues, shouting back-and-forth with neither side giving credit to the arguments of the other, and falsehoods repeated with assertive tones. This isn’t a children’s playground, it’s the world around us.

Ted Hunt recognizes a student’s point in his popular Democracy and Discourse class.

Is there room for civil discourse in today’s democracy? How do we prepare students to engage in public discourse with strategies for success and resilience? (more…)

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Posted in: Authentic Learning, Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School