R.E. Debates (March 2019)
Four of our children travelled to St James’ Primary School in Stourbridge to take part in the annual R.E. debate. Roberts Primary School argued for the idea that charity should […]
Four of our children travelled to St James’ Primary School in Stourbridge to take part in the annual R.E. debate.
Roberts Primary School argued for the idea that charity should start at home and were against Newfield Park Primary School. Roberts gave some very good, intellectual arguments for the idea saying that despite spending billions of pounds helping countries overseas we still had problems on our own door step. We also said that a lot of money raised for overseas charity goes towards administration fees rather than directly to the charity and that not enough money was spent on scientific research to stop diseases such as cancer in the United Kingdom. Our final argument focussed on the fact that on average, homeless people in the United Kingdom die at an early age. If charity began at home, we could help stop this happening.
Newfield Park argued well against us saying that it is selfish to think that we can not help other countries; people in other countries live in horrendous conditions where they don’t have basics such as clean water and that if we don’t help other countries, they may not help us if we need help in the future.
After listening to the two arguments, and discussing the debate, the people listening agreed with Roberts and decided that charity should begin at home.
We had an interesting morning and listened to two other debates:
This house believes that parents should choose their child’s religion. Most of the people thought that children should make their own choices.
This house believes that chocolate has become the focus of Easter. Almost everyone agreed with this but it was split between thinking this was a good or bad thing.