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The Big Debate: Teaching our girls to fight for what they believe in

Posted by Gabrielle Rossetti Nov 11, 2010 , ,

This week, my girls at Cathedral Grammar learned about Geraldine Ferraro, a strong competitor in the political sphere. Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president in the United States and paved the way for other women to reach positions of power in politics.

After reading the biography and discussing what it means to be a strong competitor, we held a huge debate: Should school be all year round?

In two teams, the girls formulated their arguments (we gave them an outline and guided them through creating the debate), created opening remarks, and presented to our group.

Luckily, Cathedral Grammar has a huge stage…perfect for a debate! We heard arguments that school all year round would “make us (girls) smarter,” “save money for babysitting,” and mean “longer recess.”  We also heard from the opposing side that, “it would be too hot in the summer,” “without summer, students wouldn’t be able to relax,” “long breaks mean more time to spend with family.”

Let me tell you, those girls knew how to debate!

Aside from debating whether school should be year round, the girls learned a valuable lesson and practiced a skill that they will need for the rest of their lives- how to fight for what they want and believe is true, in a diplomatic and strong manner. With this skill, they are bound to succeed as strong women.

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