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K-12 Basic Education Program in the Philippines: Beneficial or Additional Burden?

THIS DEBATE is on whether the government should put its limited resources on the Enhanced K-12 Basic Education Program which will add two years to our present 10-year basic education. The enhanced K-12 program as many now know, will have kindergarten, 6 years of elementary education, four years of junior high school (Grades 7 to 10), and two years of senior high school.

Same Sex Marriage: Good or Bad for our Society?

Same Sex Marriage: Good or Bad for our Society?
 

 

THE ISSUE cannot be ignored, as legislators and voters around the country grapple with whether and how to recognize same-sex relationships.
 
Traditionally in this country, marriage has been defined as a religious and legal commitment between a man and woman, as well as the ultimate expression of love.
 
          On the other side, gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, is marriage between two persons of the same sex. Homosexual relationships are increasingly gaining acceptance in other countries, but still banned in the Philippines. A same-sex marriage opponent argues that marriage between a woman and a man is the fundamental ...
 

Philippine Government: Favoring the Rich or Not?

 
 
“HE WHO HAS LESS IN LIFE MUST HAVE MORE IN LAW” – President Ramon Magsaysay
 
SLUMS are the densely populated, squalid parts of the city. They are undesirable areas of the city that are unwanted. These spots become inhabited by the millions of poor people who have low paying jobs or work in the informal sector of society- they are too poor to pay high rental fees and instead choose to build makeshift homes on un-chartered land. It is an immense global problem since so many people in the Third World are living below the poverty level.

Euthanasia: Moral or Immoral?

Euthanasia: Moral or Immoral?
 

 

IF ASKED, most people would perhaps want to live to a ripe old age, and then die painlessly in their sleep. Unfortunately, this is not the reality of life most people experience.  People, mostly, will die a long struggle with a painful disease. Others will find that their body weakens to such a degree, that they wish they were dead. Those who might choose to end their suffering, by committing suicide.
 
However, others might find that despite wishing to end their life, they are physically incapable of doing so, and as such will need theassistance of someone else to do so.  It is with the latter part that the debate about Euthanasia is primarily concerned.

Debate Lecture: An Outline

THE FOLLOWING is an outline drafted by the contributor which he would use in a seminar where he was invited to give a lecture on academic debate. The contents are linked to the online articles about debate which he himself has authored.

I. Introduction

II. Definition

III. Some Tips

Debate and Argumentation: 10 Importance

DEBATE, as an academic subject or cocurricular activity, is related to argumentation which is similar to reasoning ...
          The following are just some of the significance of debate and argumentation:

1. Debate provide students with the opportunity to think critically, improve their communication abilities, solve problems creatively, and increase their self-confidence as it affords training in rhetoric, persuasion, organized communication, and argument.

2. It engages students in writing (e.g. speeches), information analysis, and in-depth library and Internet research, thereby developing their academic research skills.

3. It enables students to express their views effectively and to respond cogently to arguments with which they disagree ...

Debate Tournament: Framework, Mechanics, Guidelines, etc.

Debate Tournament: Framework, Mechanics, Guidelines, etc.
 
DEBATE TOURNAMENT aims to enhance the students’ intellectual abilities and social/communicative skills.
            Specifically, the program intends to accomplish the following goals:
1. Provide students with the opportunity to think critically, improve their communication abilities, solve problems creatively, and increase their self-confidence as debate affords training in rhetoric, persuasion, organized communication, and argument.
 
2. Engage students in writing (e.g. speeches), information analysis, and in-depth library and Internet research, thereby developing their academic research skills.
 
3. Enable students to express their views effectively and to respond cogently to arguments with which they disagree.
 
4. Encourage them to take part in a truly scholar examination of the issues facing the society, thereby molding them to become well read and well informed about current issues.
 
 
5. Encourage them to value truth and the process of seeking truth ...


On Delivering a Speech: 5 Important Tips

1. PLAN YOUR SPEECH by considering your audience.
          Identify your audience. Keep in mind their age bracket, educational attainment, profession, cultural background, etc. Be clear on why your topic is of interest to them. If you’re preparing a speech for a debate contest, know also the background or ‘demographics’ of the judges and keep them in mind as you proceed.

2. Organize your speech by identifying your main points.
          Jot down few key points you want your listeners to remember. Express each thought in a single, unambiguous statement, and support each statement with pertinent information. Facts, statistics, historical background, quotations from authorities, case studies, and the like may be important to your topic. Consider also using visual aids to emphasize significant points ...

Are there ‘moral facts’?

THE FAMOUS SCOTTISH PHILOSOPHER David Hume (1711-1776) claimed that if we examine wicked actions—“willful murder, for instance”—we will find nomatter of fact” corresponding to the wickedness. This view, which was adopted by many contemporary evolutionists and atheists like Richard Dawkins, suggests that the universe, apart from our attitudes, contains no such [moral] facts.

On Sex Education

THE MAIN CRITIC of the sex education is the Catholic Church. Its concern focuses mainly on the supposed antagonizing ideas of sex education with the teachings provided in the Scriptures such as sexual abstinence, monogamy and chastity. It is also alleged that sex education encourages promiscuity among young adolescents. Further, conservative critics say that, “Sex education does not provide appropriate moral context for sex and has failed in ‘reinforcing the traditional Christian ethic reserving sex for marriage’”.

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