The Great Genetics Debate

Genetic testing, genetic coding, and genetic modification are among the most controversial topics of our time. This two-day seminar series connects to the current language arts literature and science units, by offering students a focused opportunity to study and debate issues related to genetics. Using the Lincoln-Douglas debate format, students will develop arguments with a consideration of ethos, logos, and pathos (ethics, logic, and philosophy.) The one-on-one debates hone critical thinking and public speaking skills, and help students make connections between fiction, scientific study, and their own lives.

Faculty: JoAnn Cencula - Science 7 and Victoria Fernandez - Language Arts 7

Dates Offered

March 8, 2018
March 15, 2018

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to:  Browse the National Constitution Center’s list of ten famous debate moments.

  • At home: Check out the New York Times’ Room for Debate column. Pick a position and have a family debate night.

  • Movie night: The Great Debaters is “an inspirational fact-based drama that includes unvarnished discussions and representations of 1930s racism.”

Why Debate?

In an article in The Guardian about the benefits of debate, experts assert, “debating help(s) children extend their vocabulary, structure their thoughts and think on their feet.” Furthermore, “the confidence, and the ability to present yourself and your ideas in the clearest and brightest light are attributes that last a lifetime.”