Debate & Compromise: Middle Schoolers Learn Diplomacy at Drew
200 students from 24 schools gather for Model U.N.
February 2016 – Armed with national flags and notebooks, about 200 students from two dozen middle schools converged on Drew University to debate major global issues.
The Feb. 19 Model U.N. event, which was organized by Political Science Chairman Patrick McGuinn, aimed to sharpen the debating skills of sixth, seventh and eighth graders and showcase their knowledge of issues affecting people around the world. In a series of workshops, students discussed sustainability, education and the Syrian refugee crisis from the perspectives of the nations they represented. Moderating and guiding the debates were 20 volunteers from the Drew Model United Nations.