Debating – Public Rallies
On May 8, 2019
THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THAT PUPILS SHOULD NOT MISS SCHOOL TO JOIN PUBLIC RALLIES
This was an excellent debate in which Years 5 and 6 argued coherently for and against the new practice of children being allowed to join public rallies, during term-time, on issues which are of concern to them.
The importance of making politicians and administrators aware, through these rallies, that children had well-informed attitudes towards international issues, for example, that of climate change, was passionately stressed by those against the motion. One day today’s children, it was argued, will have to face, as adults, the consequences of this not being tackled effectively. Damage was now being done to the natural environment, both by land and sea and in polluting the air we have to breathe.
On the other side, equally passionate arguments were raised against undermining children’s formal education by missing school to join such rallies. SATS exams were singled out for their importance. Missing preparation for these at school was condemned since the outcomes of exams had a significant effect on a pupil’s future opportunities. This point was criticised for being over-dramatised by those opposing the motion.
However, what was very surprising, but also significant, in the final vote was the result in which only 2 of those strongly supporting the motion voted for it. They admitted that they had been intimidated by those opposed to it. Such is life and the need for confidence.
Result: FOR (the motion) 2; AGAINST 27; DON’T KNOW 16.