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Civil Discourse: Students learn to air perspectives on hunting

Concept of Civil Discourse taught in Classroom: Each one stated their viewpoint (though each person viewed the idea differently) with great respect for those who view things differently from them. That is what I want my students to see. People can agree and/or disagree about topics, but it is in being respectful of those differences that can make the difference. - LEA ANN PARNELL
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By Lea Ann Parnell

I wanted to take an opportunity to thank those individuals who have been submiting articles recently about hunting season. Particularly Peg Schaeffer, Bill Troutwine, Joyce M. Coomer, and Jeanie Petrik.

I am a resident of Adair County, but I teach in another school district. One of the requirements for my classroom has always been a focus on reading/writing.


Our students are asked to produce writing pieces in each class throughout the school year. This year I chose my writing topic based upon the articles I was reading on ColumbiaMagazine.com.

My students have been learning about ecosystems, limiting factors, carrying capacity, and genetic traits recently.

Somehow our topics often turned to using deer as their example in class discussions. I wanted to give them a writing prompt that was meaningful to them.

After reading the things that have been published here I found my idea.

In recent days my students have been conducting surveys, and compiling that data to write a paper in which they defend their own position in relation to hunting.

I was very pleased to be able to share the above mentioned individuals' articles with my class.

Each one stated their viewpoint (though each person viewed the idea differently) with great respect for those who view things differently from them. That is what I want my students to see.

People can agree and/or disagree about topics, but it is in being respectful of those differences that can make the difference.

I was glad to have examples to share with them in which people could articulate their point without being mean about it.

So from myself and my classroom, thank you for sharing and for doing so in a manner that was worthy of being shared with others. --Lea Ann Parnell


This story was posted on 2013-11-21 10:34:16
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