AP French Hosts Heated Debate

Madame Rupe and VES’ advanced-level French students are finding real-world ways to bring language to life. AP French held two hot-button debates in class on Monday. The first topic up for debate was laïcité––the concept of secularism––in France. Moderated by faculty member Dr. Steven Jamison, the two sides debated the freedom of public institutions––particularly schools––from the influence of religion and religious movements. The side opposed to the mandated secularism—represented by seniors Anna Kate Dabney and Sadie Royer—took the win. In the second debate, the students argued the right for individuals to wear a niqab in public. Seniors Saliou Diop and James Cook represented the right to wear and took the win. Madame Rupe said, “It’s wonderful to see our students practice what they have been learning in class! And I am proud of their ability to create sound arguments with precision in French.”
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