Friday, 10 March 2017
Which 5 items should Room 2 take to a deserted island?
There were 4 points of position set up around the room (at north, south, east and west). The four positions were Agree, Disagree, Maybe agree and Maybe disagree. Mrs Wallace explained the rules of the debate (not debate in the purist sense of the word), and the kids moved to that position that reflected their point of view. The kids changed position as their views were shifted as a consequence of compelling arguments.
Jacob asserted that water purifying tablets were a must.
Jake refuted the claim, explaining that water could be boiled, but the class sided with Jacob.
Cailan was certain that a fishing net was an essential item; eating is essential in your bid to stay alive he explained. Nadia agreed that a fishing net was important but also felt that it didn't deserve a top five position. In the end, the fishing net didn't make the grade.
A steel bucket was an absolute must. As Jake pointed out, it has multiple uses; like carrying things, boiling water, cooking food and, that fact upped its value. Who could argue with such strong reasoning? The whole class agreed.
Samuel wanted to bring medical bandages, but Ruby pointed out that there were natural alternatives for bandages, and that many plants also had additional medicinal purposes. The bandages didn't make the cut. (The cut. Get it?)
Karthiga wanted to see insect repellent take the final place on the top five list. Brayden didn't believe that insect repellent deserved such a high ranking. He argued that Bear Grylls didn't use it, instead preferring to opt for long sleeves and tramping pants. Fiona retorted that you were likely to end up with heat stroke if you wore that in the tropics. Kees added that mosquitoes were mostly likely to feast on you at night, and that the smoke from the fire (you'd started using your steel and flint) would keep them away. The kids who didn't believe insect repellent was essential put up a strong fight, but in the end it was decided by the majority that repellent had to be there.
Top debaters in Room 2?
Jacob, Fiona and Jake - all passionate, logical and articulate.
Items in our Top 5 (as decided by members of Room 2)
Flint and steel
Water purifying tablets