Rock your socks. That was the goal of my brawl group when it was announced that we would be going head to head with our fellow classmates about some controversial topics. Our brawl group’s name was The Sock Rockers.. unfortunately haha. It was a last minute decision and we decided that it was better than nothing. So what I learned from the brawl…
Well, I’ve got to give it to my fellow classmates. They said some pretty cool stuff about all kinds of topics ranging from fingerprint guns to the something about presidential elections. I think we all had some pretty good arguments and we definitely spoke our minds… some more than others.
At first, the debate aspect of the whole brawl seemed to be organized very well. Students would come up with controversial questions and our instructor would discuss with the class about which questions were worth answering. This way, no student could say that they didn’t agree with one of the questions or that one was completely off.
However, this was changed later. We would apparently come up with questions to which there was no answers to and debate about the right way to go about things according to the question. This time, students had no say in which questions should have been asked. Naturally there were a lot of disagreements about them. One question that I remember clearly because I along with numerous amounts of classmates disagreed with it, was this: “How do we make firearms or weapons safer to use domestically and in warfare?” Now I know what you are thinking. Weapons are supposed to harm. That is why they are weapons!! My classmates and I thought that as well and were completely oblivious as to why we had to answer this question because it just seemed so pointless. I know the questions were made so that it would be impossible to answer but I’m pretty sure that once the basically half the class is not okay with the question, it’s not a good question! We even learned to ask good questions in this class! We should have continued the act of involving students in what they were going to debate about so as not to have students upset like this specific occurrence.
It also seemed that with every debate that went on, people were saying abstract things in their arguments that did not clearly show the point very well which made their argument weak overall. Some just used blatant sass against their opponents as well. I even remember our instructor saying that the brawl was not meant to give students the opportunity to attack other students. I thought that those moments were very rude and not at all a debate of intelligence.
I learned that we should have clear and concise ways to argue and to consider all sides of the argument. Our points should be clear and should easily be connected to our solution to the problem in question. If you are going to use something like a skit or video to support your argument, it should be useful and should not tell us anything that we don’t already know. For example, if a teacher is known for being not too nice, everyone is going to know that because they hear it from their peers and it is not necessary to have that there. Debates are not meant to entertain, they are there to prove a point and to prove your point well by using effective examples and such.