Debate.org is an online tool that allows users to begin a debate, choose an opponent, argue for or against a thesis, and then receive feedback from an authentic audience of users from around the world. Middle school students would benefit from this tool because it promotes critical thinking.
Debate.org will serve no purpose for middle school students. Everyone knows these students are interested only in the latest pop culture titillation. No 12-year-old would ever take the time to thoughtfully compose an argument about the merits of the Southern states seceding from the Union at the start of of the Civil War, for example.
Your opinion of middle school students puzzles me. As an educator of 25 years, my experience has shown me that many middle school students do take a real interest in academic subjects--especially when given the opportunity to express their views in an authentic environment like that of debate.org. One feature that is especially valuable is that it gives students time to reflect on what their opponent has expressed, and to carefully craft a response without the need to reply extemporaneously.
I, too, have been an educator for 25 years, and I know that when you place technology in front of a bunch of adolescents, all they want to do is chat, download music and look up pictures of shoes and cars. Their arguments will all be copy-and-paste from Wikipedia. Trying to engage them in a thoughtful debate on debate.org is a waste of time.
Reasons for voting decision: Both pro and con made subjective arguments only. Neither provide sources to back their position. Spelling and grammar was equal ;) Cons argument was unnecessarily derogatory. Debate goes to Pro.
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