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Seventh Annual Modern Studies Debate takes place at Abertay

16 December 2014

The seventh Annual Dundee Schools Modern Studies Debate took place at Abertay University today (Tuesday, December 16).


Over three hundred Modern Studies pupils from schools across the city attended the event.


The motion under debate was: ‘Equality is a barrier to growth’.


Dr Stuart Waiton argued in favour of the motion, while Dr Wallace McNeish argued against.


Each was then given the chance of a rebuttal, and the audience were invited to pose questions to the speakers.

An audience vote was taken both before and after the debate.


Speaking about the event, Dr Jason Annetts, who chaired the debate, said:


“This is the seventh time we’ve held this debate, and it gets better and better each year. The motion was vigorously contested by each of the speakers, and the audience asked some excellent questions, that really put them on the spot and demonstrated their critical thinking abilities.


“At the end of the debate, Wallace had secured 69 per cent of the votes against Stuart’s 28 per cent. Three per cent were unsure.


“Getting the students thinking, however, was more important than who won the debate, and we hope that listening to this debate will help them write persuasive arguments when it comes to sitting their Higher Modern Studies exams.”




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Notes to Editors:


The motion under debate - ‘Equality is a barrier to growth’ - was chosen to link into the Higher Modern Studies curriculum.


The schools that attended the debate were:

Baldragon Academy, Braeview Academy, Craigie High School, Grove Academy, Harris Academy, Menzieshill High School, St John's RC High School, and St Paul's RC Academy.

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