Let the Faculty Debate
Jay's argument in favor includes a sample syllabus for an American history course.
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Allan Walstad - 10/26/2009
The question is whether you can get faculty to commit to a potentially embarrassing one-on-one debate in front of students. The closest I came was some years ago when I taught a freshman seminar on controversial topics and invited colleagues with different views (than mine) to sit in on some of the discussions. There were also a few occasions when my offer to make a pitch for libertarianism in a social science class was accepted. I tend to favor a formal, structured debate on topics of disagreement, but it's hard to get a stand-up opponent. Maybe we're just wimps at my college.
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