On Thursday, after you come to the Tribune’s public forum on high school reform and teaching in Oakland, you’ll still have plenty of time to head across town to a different — and decidedly younger — discussion about education and teenagers.
Charter schools and criminal justice are the subjects of debate at the 6-7:30 p.m. Bay Area Urban Debate League event at the St. Augustine Episcopal Church (not to be confused with the Catholic church on Alcatraz) on 29th Street and Telegraph.
Dmitri Seals, the league’s director, says his hard-working orators have been practicing three times a week for this moment, and that “they are ready to electrify the crowd.”
Admission to the debate, titled “Waiting for Superman,” is free. You can RSVP on Facebook or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the big questions the debaters will tackle:
- Are charter schools the future of public education in America, or do they do more harm than good for our children?
- Should young people convicted of crimes be thrown in jail, or rehabilitated in community programs next to our homes?
The invitation says:
We invite you to join us in a celebration of the dedication of these young people, and in a discussion of solutions to the issues they bring to the table. If you have seen “Waiting for Superman” or care about problems of youth and crime, you will want to see this – get ready for an exciting night!