If ever there was a time when students need to know how to conduct a discussion in a rational evidence based way then it is now.
Web 2.0 has allowed everyone to broadcast their opinions, which is generally seen as a good and democratic thing. However, the idea that every opinion is equally valid and simply needs to be expressed to gain currency is palpably nonsense.
Some political leaders, and their advisers have stretched gullibility to breaking point by considering their opinions to be facts. Such people are a threat to the operation of democracy.
This Edutopia article sets out some principles required for Socratic discussion which is designed to bring light, rather than heat to discourse.