The company that I currently work for has played an integral role in the creation of a wonderful online tool for younger citizens to learn how to engage one another in civil discourse over public issues. It is an issue close to my heart, and something I feel our country needs desperately. If you are a teacher, educator, child care professional, or just someone who cares about our future, check it out. Bring it up. Spread it around.
In cooperation with the Commission on Presidential Debates, and partnering with the 2012 presidential and vice presidential host sites—University of Denver, Centre College, Hofstra University, and Lynn University—Explo is leading Join the Debates to encourage young people to engage in civil conversation on issues important to the U.S. presidential elections.
Join the Debates was developed in response to growing frustration and disappointment with the rancorous quality of current civic discourse. The project was designed to highlight that listening, participation, and respect are important values for responsible citizens.
Since young people face a future in which the world will be increasingly interconnected, high school students from around the globe are encouraged to participate. College and graduate students from the host institutions will help facilitate the discussions.
Interested in candid conversations about the important world issues?
Do you want to share your ideas and help to set a more productive political tone? Want your voice heard? Care about what others have to say? Join other smart, curious, and interesting young people from around the world to discuss a host of issues that will impact the United States presidential election.
After each presidential and vice-presidential debate, meet other high school students with different backgrounds and opinions for good conversation. We welcome your interest, your passion, your point of view, and your understanding.
We provide the place. You provide the voice.
Listen. Share. Then Decide.