Preventive Refutation


Pick a motion and assume the proposition side. Take 15 minutes to prepare your arguments but first start asking yourself: What would I say if I was against it?

Write down all the reasons.
Then start making your argumentation from that. You can start your argument saying even if, moreover or considering.


Motion: This house believes that standardized testing should be abolished in schools.

Opposing Arguments (Ask yourself: What would I say if I were against the motion?)

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Argumentation (Based on the exercise, start your arguments by saying "even if"):

Even if we consider the arguments against standardized testing, it becomes clear that the negative impact outweighs any potential benefits. While some may argue that standardized testing promotes a "one-size-fits-all" approach to education, we must acknowledge that students have unique learning styles and abilities that cannot be accurately measured through a standardized exam. By relying solely on test scores, we risk neglecting the holistic development of students, which includes essential skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving.

Standardized testing promotes a "one-size-fits-all" approach to education.

It places excessive emphasis on test scores rather than holistic learning.

Standardized tests create immense pressure on students, leading to stress and anxiety.

The focus on test preparation limits teachers' ability to provide a well-rounded education.

Standardized testing narrows the curriculum by prioritizing subjects covered in the test.

It fails to account for different learning styles and diverse student abilities.