For the second year in a row, a student has come to me and asked me to debate one of our uber-lib teachers at lunchtime. To be honest, I'm lukewarm about doing this. If I'm going to give up my (sacred) lunchtime for something, it needs to be something big. The question becomes, what would we debate that would be of value to our students?
Some students say the obvious topic is the Iraq War. Yawn. There's nothing to debate. I can't imagine that disinterested students would walk by on the quad, hear the debate on this topic, and decide to stop and pay attention. My guess is that most people, even students, already have their minds made up on this topic. There would be no point in debating it.
Last spring when I was first approached about this, my colleague and I tossed a few topics back and forth. Neither of us liked what the other came up with. Well, except for one. He emailed "How about gay marriage?" I replied, "No problem. I get the 'pro' side." That ended that topic.
I really don't know what we could debate that's genuinely open for debate and would interest students during lunch. Suggestions?