Civil Dialogue and Citizenship

Navigating Our Deepest Differences

Lesson II. What is Civil Dialogue? Let's Practice

Step 7. Debrief Dialogue

Debrief: Partner Exercise 2

As a class, discuss the following questions: 

  1. Values drive how people live their lives and see the world and  inform our sense of right and wrong. What values do you have that influenced the topic you chose? 
  2. How did approaching a topic of disagreement with openness and curiosity affect your exchanges across differences?
  3. How did listening generously affect your exchanges across differences?
  4. How did seeking to understand, rather than debate affect your exchanges across differences?
  5. How did allowing your partner to speak for himself or herself affect your exchanges across differences?
  6. How did reciprocating respectfully with your point of view affect your exchanges across differences?
  7. How did acknowledging both similarity and differences affect your exchanges across differences?
  8. How could it help American society if citizens approached differences of opinion this way in the public square?
  9. What happens when the ability to dialogue important issues is removed in society? How is society affected?
Congratulations! You've completed all seven steps of Lesson II.
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