It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.
— Joseph Joubert


Join the Debates (JTD) is a project designed and led by Explo in conjunction with PBS Education and in cooperation with the Commission on Presidential Debates. JTD has partnered with the National Governors Association, Hofstra University, Washington University, St. Louis, Longwood University, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Explo is leading Join the Debates to encourage young people to engage in civil conversation on issues important to the U.S. presidential debates and election. Join the Debates was designed to highlight that listening, participation, and respect are important values for responsible citizens.

Learning to engage with others who think quite differently – and doing so in a civil manner – is a learned skill and one that requires practice to master.  Through Join the Debates, students in classrooms across America will practice this skill – a skill that is a necessary ingredient to address and solve the nation's most vexing problems.

The EXPLO Connection

Join the Debates is a project designed and led by Explo, a not-for-profit educational organization. Explo’s Summer Programs provide students the opportunity to explore the world of people and ideas and experience the joy of learning.  Since 1977, more than 75,000 students from the United States and 70 countries have attended an Explo summer program.  Programs are currently held on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College (Massachusetts). The organization also runs EXPLOEd, which works with schools and other not-for-profits to build more engaging, creative, and joyful learning environments.