Lesson Plan: For Teachers: Debating Universal Daycare
Ask the students to brainstorm or explain the elements of a debate. Be sure students clearly understand all of the elements. Explain to students that they will be preparing and participating in a debate arguing either for or against the need for universal daycare in Canada.
Outline the Opportunity
in teams of four or five students will gather information on the topic of the daycare
debate through examination of the topic Who
Cares for Our Kids?: The Changing Face of Daycare in Canada on the CBC
Digital Archives website. Students should focus primarily on the clips "The
housewife and the working girl", "Callwood defends daycare", "Putting your
child first", "The stay-at-home mom versus the Supermom", "The emotional
upheaval of child care" and "Is daycare bad for boys?"
Be sure that students understand that they must be able to argue on both sides of the issue so they must gather information that supports both side of the arguments for and against dual-income families and universal daycare. Students can search beyond the site on their own time. Remind them to cite all sources.
Revisit and Reflect
Bring the teams together and hold a debating tournament based on the resolution: Be it resolved that the Canadian government should implement universal daycare. Each team should have an opportunity to debate both sides of the issue.
The top two teams in the debating tournament can hold a championship debate in which the rest of the students determine the winner.