I’ve noticed in the “work schedule” (what learners should learn at any given time of the year) that a debate is required each term. I hadn’t seen one yet, but on Monday we had our first debate at MPS. Grade 4-6 participated, with a few learners from each grade speaking. The topic was “Men are better than women” and the boys supported it and the girls argued against it.
I expected….well…I wasn’t sure what I expected. I kind of expected it to be crazy professional because meetings and speeches have an insane level of formality here, regardless of how small or unimportant the meeting is. But I also expected chaos, disorganization, and nothing that resembled a debate. Happily, it was a mix of the two and I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of the learners.
Some of the points brought up were:
-Women are better than men because they cook the delicious food.
-Women are better than men because they can care for their babies.
-Women are better than men because they can cover their children’s books.
-Women are better than men because they wear the fashionable clothes.
-Women are better than men because they can sweep the house.
-Women are better than men because they wash their bodies.
-Men are better than men because they are leaders and President Zuma is a man.
Now, there were not many points raised about why men are better than women. That’s because the boys were supposed to defend the point, and they didn’t do their homework. To me, point proven.