Thirty years ago, my students did a lot of formal debates in class. After brainstorming current events topics, they usually chose abortion. First, we defined terms. I asked each class if someone could define abortion. Fourteen-year-olds have fully developed brains, but lack nuance. I’d call on a student whose hand was up and he/she would say something like: “Abortion is when a woman is pregnant and she kills the baby inside her.”
“Why do you want us to list our opponents’ arguments?” they’d ask.
Pro-Life Education Association, which always responded right away.
“I’ll have to think about that,” I’d respond.
“I’m not sure. What do you think?”
“Well, it’s hard to argue in favor of abortion after seeing them, and that’s not fair to the pro-choice side.”