Intelligence Squared

Thirty-six Westfield students and parents headed to Yale to watch an Intelligence Squared debate on whether Free Speech is Threatened on Campus.  Westfield students had debated this issue in class.  Many thanks to Mr. Jones from Legacy for providing a wonderful bus for us to travel to this event together!

Thirty-six Westfield students and parents headed to Yale to watch an Intelligence Squared debate on whether Free Speech is Threatened on Campus.  Westfield students had debated this issue in class.  Many thanks to Mr. Jones from Legacy for providing a wonderful bus for us to travel to this event together!
“From Socrates to the First Amendment, progressive democracy has relied upon civility, respect and understanding in public discourse. Debate is the cornerstone of American progress, the vehicle for new ideas and the platform for the synthesis of two opposing points of view. At the intersection of wisdom and creativity, debate stimulates our intellectual evolution, emotional advancement and drives social progress.

Debates embody our democratic ideas as a society, proving both sides of an argument offer intellectually respectable points of view. Too often we are isolated in “echo chambers,” funnels through which our opinions are reinforced by biased media outlets, personalized technology and like-minded associations. Debate challenges our own lack of objectivity, where our minds have been contaminated by conviction.”
— Intelligence Squared