Join us on Thursday, April 11, 6:00 PM, at the BASIS Independent McLean campus, for Learning to Argue: Enraged Ambush, Polite Speak, or Civil Discourse for Gen Z, a panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required. Register today!

Spirited discussion is not only possible, but critical in our divided nation. Join us for a conversation about civil discourse in the 21st century, especially for Generation Z. We must cultivate civil discourse in high school and college so that students are equipped to disagree agreeably, to better fulfill their roles as active citizens in a democracy.

Hear opening remarks from Pano Kanelos, President of St. John’s College in Annapolis, followed by a moderated panel discussion and questions from the audience. The panel will be moderated by Ian Lindquist, Executive Director of the Public Interest Fellowship. Panelists will include Debra Mashek, Executive Director of Heterodox Academy; Robert A. George, member of the New York Daily News Editorial Board; and Peter Bezanson, CEO of BASIS.ed. Learn more about the speakers below.

BASIS Independent McLean is committed to civil discourse. The 2019-20 school year will bring a new program to our campus. The Academy offers a primary-text, seminar-based, writing-intensive approach to the study of English and history. The program will be available to BASIS Independent McLean students in grades 8-12, starting with students in grades 8-10 in the fall of 2019. Seats are available. Apply to The Academy today! The Academy deeply prepares students for college-level analysis, writing, and discourse.

We look forward to welcoming you onto the BASIS Independent McLean campus for, Learning to Argue: Enraged Ambush, Polite Speak, or Civil Discourse for Gen Z, a panel discussion on Thursday, April 11, at 6:00 PM.


Pano Kanelos
Ian Lindquist
Debra Mashek
Robert A. George
Peter Bezanson


About BASIS Independent McLean

BASIS Independent McLean is a private school using the high achieving liberal arts and sciences BASIS Curriculum to serve students from age 2 through grade 12. It is part of the acclaimed BASIS Curriculum Schools network, which currently has 37 schools and more than 24,000 students worldwide in public charter schools, domestic private schools, and private international schools. In 2018, BASIS Curriculum Schools earned the top five spots in the U.S. News & World Report national high school rankings, and had seven campuses ranked in the nation’s top fifteen. The BASIS Curriculum was founded in 1998, and for more than two decades has helped students achieve excellent educational outcomes by any measure: national rankings, OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA) exams, Advanced Placement results, National Merit Scholarship Program honors, college admissions, and earned college merit aid, among many consistent measures of achievement. To inquire about BASIS Independent McLean, join our Interest List or call 703-854-1253.

About St. John’s College

St. John’s College holds a distinctive position among American colleges and universities. The college’s commitment to the direct examination of original texts through shared, Socratic inquiry makes it a particularly vibrant and diverse community of learning. Close engagement with many of the West’s greatest thinkers — from Homer, Plato, and Euclid to Nietzsche, Einstein, Du Bois, and Woolf — inspire students to grapple with the most fundamental, and essential, of human questions. Located on two campuses in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, St. John’s was recently called “the most contrarian college in America” by Frank Bruni of The New York Times. It has the second highest rated faculty in the nation (Princeton Review, 2016) and was called “the most future-proof college in America” by Quartz. St. John’s College offers BA and MA degrees in the liberal arts on both campuses; the Santa Fe campus also offers an MA in the Eastern Classics. More info at