Oxford-Style debate is a formalised structure of academic discourse in which two sides discuss a thesis, usually on a socio-political issue. This time the topics were linked to the UN Development Goals and focused on the threats and benefits of social media, the use of war in diplomacy and the role of the veil of ignorance in judicial systems.
It was a fantastic and very challenging opportunity for students to practise expressing their opinions in a coherent and comprehensible way, foster patience and self-confidence and cultivate the art of listening to one another.
Through debating, students practised public speaking, supporting their opinions with convincing arguments and persuading others to what they believe is true. Also, and most importantly, it was an entertaining form of intellectual development for the young minds.
Congratulations to the pioneering TBS team for their participation, enthusiasm and effort!
Humanities teacher, pre-IB form tutor
Careers and work experience co-ordinator