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Ahead of Presidential Debate, US Teachers Show Better Ways to Argue

In Stephanie Leichty's civics class one September morning, eighth-graders wrestled with the question of whether teachers should be armed. Debating grown-up issues is part of the curriculum in her classes at Bluestone Middle School in rural Skipwith, Virginia, just north of the North Carolina border. Leichty's brown bob and glasses frame a face that radiates competence, but with an undertone of warmth. "I think this is the most important class they have. We talk about the...

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