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debate-3“Undergraduate level arguments” says judge of Year 10 debaters

Year 10 students Asiman Banning and Cara Hughes demonstrated their keen debating skills at the Leeds Salon, Headingley Festival of Ideas debating finals last week.  Cardinal Heenan, Woodkirk Academy and Allerton High School all reached the finals at Heart on last Wednesday.

Beaten narrowly by Cardinal Heenan, Cara and Asiman argued for the motion “We should fear the development of artificial intelligence”. Praised for their arguments which were deemed “undergraduate standard”, by the judges, the girls focused their argument on the folly of humans in their use of A.I. and their concerns about autonomous A.I.

debate-2DebateThe Lawnswood Debate team reached the finals following a win against Abbey Grange earlier in the year.  In that debate Hanan Raszvi and Owen Spafford won arguing “We should fear genome testing” and Christabel Baah and Ayesha Dod won arguing for “We should accept the risks inherent in contact sports.”  Getting to the finals has been a real team effort, and members of the team:  Yosif Rasoul, Hana Raszvi, Christabel Baah, Ayesha Dodo and Owen Spafford, all went along, with Mrs Hallas and Ms Stevenson to support them.

The Leeds Salon in conjunction with The Headingley Festival of Ideas organises the competition every year. The Leeds Salon is a discussion group founded in early 2009 by Michele Ledda and Paul Thomas, inspired by similar initiatives they had attended and, in particular, their participation in the Academy of Ideas sixth-form Debating Matters competition.

Debating provides numerous opportunities for pupils to develop their self-confidence. Any pupils interested in debating at Lawnswood should see Ms Stevenson for further details.

For adults interested in discussion around political, cultural and scientific issues Leeds Salon offers regular talks and meetings.  Contact them at contact@leedssalon.org.uk or visit their website

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