The old saying is that you don’t want to see the sausage being made. But in this case, the making is every bit as good as the excellent end results!
For several years now, I’ve been attending some of the eighth-grade Great Debates at Middlebrook School, mostly to watch confirmands Becky and I teach in church tackling something at school into which we know they’ve put lots of thought and effort. This year, though, I happened to be in Middlebrook for another reason early on in the debate-prep process. So I dropped in on an initial class in this Great Debate segment of the social studies program in which all eighth-grade students participate. I did so at the kind invitation of social studies teacher Michael Panoli who, with Marni Kiernan and Maria Lateef, run this program, assisted by paraprofessionals Beatriz Carvajal, Nancy Graham and Christine Pucci.