Imagine an Affirmative team being met with a Cooperative team; a Mindful Coordinator chairing the debate; and a Mentor who doesn’t judge, score or rate, yet instead meters out a series of Guidances. Now you have a Collaborative Debate – a debate that may actually get us somewhere beyond the argument, towards the solutions that we are seeking. A debate where the skills that young people are learning are not simply for the sake of learning – they are life skills.
Margaret is a former Principal who now teaches global citizenship to students. Collaborative debating is a manual for people who want to run collaborative debating in their school, workplace or home.