Besides working in the big building with lots of books, I teach a class on debate to 8th graders. The 8th grade child is, I think, just about the perfect person to teach in a debate class. As 8th graders, kids are beccoming world aware, they have the linguistic skills, they have enough background knowledge and most of all the 8th grade child LOVES to argue!!! I just came back from watching six of my kids debate the resolution, “People should not eat meat.” The proposition side won the debate very narrowly over the opposition (which included an Indian-American girl who is vegetarian and who did a dynamite job of arguing the side completely counter to her personal beliefs …).
I have to say that even after twenty years as a teacher, the amazing feeling that you get when you teach something to kids and they “get it” just never gets old!