Friday, July 25, 2008

Opposing Views - Experts Debate Public Policy and More

Opposing Views is a new website created for purpose of having experts debate public policy and other issues of popular concern. Opposing Views has categorized debate channels which are subdivided by specific questions. For example in the religion channel one of the current questions is "Does Islam Promote Violence?" Verified experts from two organizations, American Watch and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, are offering their commentary on the question. In some ways reading the responses to the question is like reading the transcript from a debate television show like Meet the Press or Face the Nation.

Applications for Education
Opposing Views is a great place for students to find opposing viewpoints on a wide variety of public policy and public opinion questions. As the presidential election approaches, Opposing Views, could be a place for students to find opinions and information about both candidates. Opposing Views can also be used as a resource for teaching students lessons about argument organization and recognizing bias and fault in arguments.