Perhaps we should be teaching ‘free argument and debate’ at all levels of schooling?

To the Editor:

I would like to offer something from Thomas Jefferson in reply to the questions and concerns raised by Victor Porlier in his letter of April 4 headlined “College grads are committed to disturbing political program.”

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself, that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”

Perhaps we should be teaching “free argument and debate” at all levels of schooling?

Andrew Genovese


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