I asked asked to do an exercise that I’ve done with some students I joked my whole life but I understand kids way more that I understand adults adults carry but anyway so what we’re going to do we have a little time is civil discourse and politics right the ability to disagree we’re having a really hard time with that.
Aren’t we you agree you think I’m right about that there’s blood a name-calling a lot.
Of yelling so let’s do this I think that you guys are smarter than most adults do I chose to come here as a volunteer to talk to you and so let’s I want you to help me.
Come up with some rules what should we be thinking.
About what are our rules for talking about politics Parma they will another loud loud thank you no interrupting what else how can you be open-minded examples okay so we’re going to respect their opinions but be able.
To argue then using what what else respect and we’re gonna make stuff up.
Okay next somebody got end up over here no you scared him my son used to.
Say he was a little Honda scared yes yes I can hear from in adult free media but we’re like I know Friday night.
And I need probably not arguing about politics but they do with your parents at the dinner table and I just started do with my family all the time I was the.
And I come from a fairly conservative my dad was Oh in the air of course for 24 years I come from a fairly conservative family and I just just for fun I just like to argue just to argue it but I never call my dad.
Names never call them a you-know-what so do you think that should be something to.
Eat and because honestly there are people who call each other names and they think that that’s okay so that’ll take here and these are your old it’s not mine is it you think so yeah now what else now in my field you can hear us in the next County we’re a loud loud loud family and when I used to be the sucker and softball and Girl Scout.
Coach I’d always have to tell the kids I’m not yelling at you I just happen to be loud so what do you do when someone starts yelling at you in an argument is it productive yes but dump it so no yelling I mean if you just not yeah we’re just kind of keep it I mean did they watch friends around let’s go.
Frank because I’m loud occasionally my friends and they are my friends and we’re in a safe space when we start to talk about these things they’ll Tony they’ll say hey I’m kind of getting alone right so we have to for me I have to be willing to accept when someone 10 is directing me that I’m crossing a lot but that’s hard to do I hate to be shushed I don’t want to be shushed but there are ways to talk to each other so that we.
Can kind of maintain and people within our rules rules that you guys want to have we don’t.
Have to have a ton of them I mean that these are good ones I mean basically no interrupting the open-minded this is to me this is when we do all the time I was recently at a League of Women Voters said their National Convention here in Chicago and League happens to be unfortunately primarily middle-aged white ladies and we’re really working hard to change that and so we have a panel discussing why it is that we do not have more diverse members and a white woman on the panel.