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R.E. Debates (March 2018)

3 years ago,

Some of our Year 6 had an interesting morning out at the annual R.E. debates at Pedmore Church of England Primary School in March this year. There were six schools represented altogether this year. Cotwall End, Ham Dingle, Pedmore, Newfield Park, Roberts and St. Mary’s primary schools. The children from one team went head to […]

Some of our Year 6 had an interesting morning out at the annual R.E. debates at Pedmore Church of England Primary School in March this year.

There were six schools represented altogether this year. Cotwall End, Ham Dingle, Pedmore, Newfield Park, Roberts and St. Mary’s primary schools.

The children from one team went head to head with the children from another school with one person from one school giving the argument for the debate and then somebody from the opposing school arguing against it. This was then repeated for all 4 members of each team. Once the two teams had finished debating, members of the audience were invited to join in. There were some interesting extra arguments from the audience.

There were a lot of interesting debates between the schools with “Religious Education should be taught in schools” (Pedmore and Newfield Park) and “It is our duty to give to charity” (Ham Dingle and St. Mary’s) being the two arguments before us.

 

 

It was then our turn. We were against Cotwall End Primary School arguing against animals being held in captivity. Cotwall End had some good arguments saying that animals in captivity were kept safe, there were vets available for the animals and that zoos helped keep the number of endangered animals.

We began our argument saying that animals in captivity do not lead natural lives but in fact lead quite boring lives in the same place every day and they do not live as long as they would in the wild.

 

Roberts then spoke about zoos in his argument, complaining about how artificial zoos are and that zoos don’t really help endangered species because the animals there rarely get released back into the wild. We even said that zoos were like prisons for animals.

We continued talking about zoos and how they seem to be just their for making money, not for the animal’s welfare and health and that zoos might even get rid of animals once they are no longer seen as cute, baby animals.

Finally, Roberts argued about circus animals being forced to do tricks and having to travel in small, cramped cages around the world rather than being able to roam free.

We concluded by simply saying that animals are best observed in their natural environments.

There were lots of questions from the audience after the debates, mainly against the argument that it is okay to keep animals in captivity. Roberts easily won their argument with only 2 people voting to keep animals in captivity. This was not through just the popularity of their side of the argument but also by how well they argued their side.