On March 1, 2, and 3, we will devote our class periods to a structured, formal debate of three policy proposals related to our contemporary social and economic safety net. The purpose of this activity is to develop essential skills a citizen should possess in a republican democracy: critical thinking, active listening, and public speaking. In order to do that, I will divide the class into teams, each of which will be assigned either the affirmative (yes) or negative (no) side of a debatable question. Each team will research and prepare a brief supporting their side of the assigned issue, as well as devise counter arguments in anticipation of their opponent’s case. The questions we will be debating are:
Should the United States provide a Universal Basic Income to its citizens?
Should Massachusetts increase its minimum wage to $15 in the same way that California has opted to do?
Should the United States adopt a Canadian-style single payer healthcare system?
Databases – use the basic idea for the keyword search
Google News- use important keywords for searching. You can also limit search to specific website. Ex. [universal basic income site:nytimes.com]. Further refine this by entering a custom date range under “Search tools” and change “Any time” to custom range. Limit to past 10 years.