School debaters make a valid point

Douglas Academy in Milngavie made it through to the semi-finals of the UK-wide schools’ Debating Matter competition at the British Library last weekend.

Following their success at the Regional Final in the spring, the school was one of 12 teams of teenagers who went head to head arguing over controversial topics such as whether attempts to extend the human lifespan should be welcomed or, whether animal experimentation can be justified.

Other controverisla topics were if commercial surrogacy in poorer countries is exploitative, unpaid internships are exploitative, and do lads’ mags degrade women and should be covered up.

The Douglas Academy team were: Conor Ewing, Amitai Gottleib, Emily Locke and Kirsten Tingle. They had previous success at The STV Debating Matters Referendum Schools Debates and despite missing out on the top prize won £500 of books/resources for the school.