One of my co-workers, who is 62 years old, said that in high school and college students were required to take debate classes and be assigned a side by their teacher or professor regardless of how the students feel about the topic. I'm much younger than her, and my high school did not have a debate class. I understand that students should be taught multiple opinions about topics and be tested on them, but I don't think students should ever be forced to debate contradictory to their beliefs or opinions. Obviously we have separation between Church and State, and going beyond that I think that schools should never make students question their beliefs or their families' beliefs as long as the beliefs do not make the students hurt the school, its employees, or its students. Furthermore, students should not be asked about their beliefs, especially if the beliefs are unpopular and students know that sharing their beliefs could lead to being mistreated like bullying. I'm not trying to restrict what can be done in electives, a major like Rhetoric, or Law School, only what is done in required classes of undergraduates whose major is not related to debate or in K-12. How do professors here feel about debate being required?