Get tips for how to bridge the divide and have more constructive arguments.
The Better Arguments Project equips Americans to reach across political, cultural and economic divides to have arguments that bring us closer together instead of driving us further apart. As a partnership between Facing History and Ourselves, the Aspen Institute's Program on Citizenship and American Identity, and The Allstate Corporation, the project centers on the simple idea that America doesn’t need fewer arguments, it needs better arguments.
Facing History believes that better arguments are ones informed by historical, cultural, and civic awareness. Educators have an essential role to play in creating a space where better arguments can shine, where students give—and get—constructive feedback without fear or intimidation.
In 2017, the Better Arguments Team traveled around the country to meet with more than 50 advisors, ranging widely in age, background, expertise, and perspective. With these advisors, we addressed the fundamental question: What is a Better Argument?
"Americans don't need reconciliation—they need to get better at arguing. A rush to reunion can entrench injustice. Instead of papering over differences, Americans need to be smarter about engaging them." Learn more in the Atlantic.