The Philodemic convened for a thoroughly educational and enjoyable debate this evening, “Resolved: The US government should implement a national program of school vouchers.” Affirmation keynoter Mr. Dustin Walker passionately articulated a belief that the government should empower parents to choose the best educational route for their child. Alongside him, making his induction, Mr. Andrew Marsh traced the ideological and political heritage of this topic, while forcefully discussing social justice. On the Negation, keynoter Vice President Brandon Butterworth used Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone to illustrate the success of broadly-focused educational reform alternatives. Inducted along with him, Mr. Constantine Petallides clarified that socioeconomic problems transcend the classroom, and that vouchers are an imperfect and untenable solution. Floor speeches were thrilling in their intellectual fortitude and originality. While Mr. Gutiérrez denounced the usage of statistics as over-malleable, Mr. Cantirino warned the society against following Britain’s evaluation programs of “Rate-My-Magistrate.co.uk.” From Mr. Hale’s horror stories about Georgia public schools to Miss Green’s praise for her Tennessee public school, personal anecdotes enriched cerebral sparring.
At the end of a long school day, the Philodemic affirmed the resolution 23-17.
Please join us in the Philodemic Room on Thursday, April 22 at 8 pm for the annual Dean-Gordon Debate. Also, stay tuned for updates as the Philodemic hits the road tomorrow/today to take on the University of Virginia’s Jeffersonian Society. See the Philodemic Society group on Facebook for more information.