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Student heads to international debate camp

Will consider educational policy questions during program
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Should states adopt a system of school choice, allowing parents to select the public school their child will attend instead of being assigned to one by the district? Should the government offer vouchers that allow students to go to a private school at a lower cost? Mosaic Christian Academy incoming senior and Roseville resident Jonathan Johnson will join 47 other high school students from around the world to consider these policy questions during a leadership and debate program at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City from July 10 to 15. The program is hosted by Gen. Tommy Franks, who commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The trip will include a visit to the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum. “We must teach young people from all walks of life how to be leaders, embrace problems and tackle complex issues head on,” Franks said in a press release. “Johnson is a great example of what tomorrow’s leaders will be.” Johnson competes in Lincoln-Douglas and team policy debates, and he placed in national debate tournaments in 2008 and 2010. During the program, students will visit the Oklahoma State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion to experience policymaking firsthand. They will also receive instruction from members of the National Center for Policy Analysts, an organization that promotes “alternatives to government regulation and control … by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector,” according to its website. ~ Sena Christian