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.
The Better Arguments Project is partnering with the Urban Consulate to host a pilot event in Detroit, Michigan to address tensions between longtime Detroiters and newcomers as the city adapts to a time of rapid change and growth.
Learn about a recent workshop in Detroit, Michigan that brought together new and established Detroiters and challenged them to find a better way to speak with one another.
On June 13, we piloted a new event: "Tech Boom Tension in Denver." The program included remarks by local and national leaders, including Colorado Governor Jared Polis; facilitated conversations and interactive training, and invitations to participate in follow-up sessions. Participants had the opportunity to constructively engage in contentious topics, including economic growth, technological advancement, inequity, gentrification and housing displacement, as they relate to metro Denver's booming tech industry.
Our Fostering Civil Discourse Guide provides educators with strategies most effective in helping students practice constructive civil discourse. Download it today.