By Sofia Santos, 12/13 EDI and Alex Parkinson, 12/13 DMU
Wider Learning Day 2 took the Sixth Formers out of their
comfort zones and challenged our ideas on current real world issues. It was
designed to supplement our learning in Critical Thinking and build on our
argumentative skills within the environment of a debate. We were given choices
of our preferred topics ranging from beauty/art and media to economics and
politics so there was something of interest for everyone.
We were organised into our respective groups and then split
into those arguing for or against the motion. We then had to prepare ourselves
for the debate with the intention of receiving the most votes from our peers
who would listen to our reasoning at the end of the process.
It was a really exciting and motivating experience, as we
had to develop what the root of the argument was and how we were going to
counter-argue the other team. While we formed our own premises, we also had to
think of how the other team would rebut it, which is an essential skill in
The final debate encouraged us to consider themes beyond our
chosen areas and critically analyse arguments for and against. All the debates
we encountered were full of logical reasoning and dedication to their
standpoint, and it gave us as students a platform to develop confidence in our
newfound debating skills.
We finished the day off with a past paper, which allowed us
to consolidate our knowledge as critical thinkers and apply it to any given
situation. It was a day of exploration that gave us the opportunity to expand our
knowledge outside the specification that will not only help us in critical
thinking but a general life skill.
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