Dec 01, 2020 2020-12-01
The Better Arguments Project is a national civic initiative created to help bridge divides between students and the community—not by papering over different viewpoints but by helping the school community and students to have “Better Arguments” that bring them together rather than driving them apart. The Better Arguments Project is a collaboration of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program, Facing History and Ourselves, and The Allstate Corporation. Designed in partnership with communities and advisers around the country, the project synthesizes three dimensions (historical context, emotional intelligence, recognizing power) and five principles of a Better Argument (take winning off the table, prioritize relationships and listen passionately, pay attention to context, embrace vulnerability, and make room to transform). Educators and school leaders can bring Better Arguments to their students using the free Better Arguments school curriculum and student workbook to yield good work. The organization also provides a free brainstorming guide to help educators consider how Better Arguments can apply to their community, along with best practices for facilitation.