News From Ramaz
This year, the Upper School invited Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies, and Peter Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus at Yale University, to speak about the issue of immigration at the Election Day assembly organized by Ms. DeeDee Benel and Dr. Jon Jucovy. A panel consisting of Upper School students Ariel A. '18, Noa-Sarah A. '18, Abigail H.' 18, Julia L. '18, Samuel S. '18 and Math teacher, Michael Lupinacci asked additional questions.
The assembly began by asking the students to vote on five fundamental questions with regard to the immigration issue, such as whether immigrants pose a significant threat to U.S. security, and whether they take jobs away from Americans. After the voting, Dr. Jucovy asked the two experts the same five questions, and they each had a chance to express their views. On some issues, Mr. Krikorian and Mr. Schuck starkly disagreed, such as whether the U.S. should reduce immigration, and on others, such as whether the U.S. should consider its own interest on immigration issues, they were able to find common ground. A panel of five seniors and Mr. Lupinacci asked follow up questions, as did the entire student body. To conclude the assembly, students were asked to vote once again. The vote showed that both Mr. Schuck and Mr. Krikorian had an impact on the student's viewpoints. Mr. Schuck and Mr. Krikorian not only provided an educational opportunity on this complicated and divisive issue, but also demonstrated how to have constructive political discussion.
-- Sam S. '18