The Big Debate 2018 paradoxical conclusion:
We need to treat disabled people differently so they can be treated the same!
The Debating Club planned, organised and ran our 2018 debate on their chosen theme: how do we and should we treat disabled people. They offered the following options:
We treat them the same and we should do
We treat them the same and we shouldn’t do
We treat them differently and we should do
We treat them differently and we shouldn’t do
Not sure about any of those positions.
I was amazed at the level of consideration, reflection and debate that children from years 1 to 6 were able to demonstrate. Some critical points were raised – we want them treated the same – we are all human. But we want them treated differently because they might need a wheel chair. But we want them treated the same because we don’t want them to be bullied or made fun of. The over-riding final decision (the centre of the hall) became, it depends on the individuals and their situation and own desires. A favourite response from one child in Year 6, ‘I think we should ask them how they want to be treated rather than deciding for them!’
Well done to the debating club and all the children for another stimulating, inspirational and considerate debate.