Edgemont's Electric Debate Team Battles Lacordaire

Edgemont's Electric Debate Team Battles Lacordaire
Posted on 01/02/2020
Edgemont's Electric Debate Team celebrating victory

 

December 18, 2019, on a snowy evening at lacordaire academy in Montclair, Edgemont's Electric Debate Team faced Lacordaire Academy's Forensic team for a debate on two topics. 

First Edgemont had to argue that all high-schools should NOT have to offer vocational classes. This was a difficult task because many facts and statistics leaned toward vocational classes in certain fields leading to immediate well-paying jobs. Edgemont talked about having a well-rounded education with many college prep classes offered, students waiting to choose career paths, students possibly underestimating themselves or taking the easy way out, space and budgetary concerns.  It was difficult to play Devil's advocate and so Lacordaire took home the first trophy.

For round two Edgemont argued that students should NOT have to do chores. It was difficult to convince a room full of adults not to have their children do chores, but Edgemont's clever arguments about students getting enough sleep, study-time and R&R seemed to do the trick. Combine those arguments with statements about students not being able to handle money and statements about parents not being happy with how Junior cleans the garage and Edgemont won round two. Additionally the judges really liked the argument that children should volunteer to do chores during their EXTRA time, for the INTRINSIC value of the tasks. 

Well, volunteering for the debate team led to extrinsic AND intrinsic rewards, as Edgemont left with a shiny trophy AND a sense of satisfaction for a job well done.

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