Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

6:00pm

Sun October 12, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. - Embrace the Common Core?

Airs Sunday, October 12 at 6 p.m. In K-12 education, there is nothing more controversial than the Common Core State Standards, national academic standards in English and math. Adopted by more than 40 states, they were developed, in part, to address concerns that American students were falling behind their foreign counterparts and graduating high school without the necessary skills for college and the workforce. But is this the reform we’ve been looking for? Has the federal government overreached and saddled our schools with standards that have been flawed from the start?

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6:00pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared US: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Airs Sunday, August 17 at 6 p.m.  Growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired?

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6:00pm

Sun June 29, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared US: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

Airs Sunday, June 29 at 6 p.m.  Millennials—growing up with revolutionary technology and entering adulthood in a time of recession—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired? Arguing for the motion: Binta Niambi Brown, Lawyer, Startup Advisor & Human Rights Advocate andW.

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6:00pm

Sun June 22, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete

Airs Sunday, June 22 at 6 p.m. Is the college of the future online? With the popularity of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and the availability of online degree programs at a fraction of their on-campus price, we are experiencing an exciting experiment in higher education. Does the traditional classroom stand a chance? Will online education be the great equalizer, or is a campus-based college experience still necessary?

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6:00pm

Sun June 15, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates: Death Is Not Final

If consciousness is just the workings of neurons and synapses, how do we explain the phenomenon of near-death experience? By some accounts, about 3% of the U.S. population has had one: an out-of-body experience often characterized by remarkable visions and feelings of peace and joy, all while the physical body is close to death. To skeptics, there are more plausible, natural explanations, like oxygen deprivation. Is the prospect of an existence after death “real” and provable by science, or a construct of wishful thinking about our own mortality?

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