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Dawson students practice civil discourse


October 17, 2016

Photo courtesy of Dawson Kristen Medler’s fourth grade class at Dawson School learned the art of debating and listening respectfully to other’s ideas.

How do people learn to respectfully discuss sensitive topics? On Wednesday, Oct. 5th, the entire Dawson student body, grades K-12, participated in a morning of learning about and practicing Civil Discourse.

The goal was learning to debate appropriately while also practicing the art of listening and formulating persuasive arguments. Topics were chosen that would be less emotionally charged than others, while still giving students the chance to formulate and defend a constructive argument about a current event.

Students were guided in how to be an active and empathetic listener, and an hone...

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