October 17, 2017

Making the Case for Students to Debate

August 12, 2014

"....If we want future generations of students to see beyond the haze of 24-hour news punditry and to use critical thinking to get to the heart of what’s important, if we want them to go beyond participating in a conversation to actually raising the level of national discourse, and if we want them to stop the use of contrived political debate as a tool of distraction and begin its use as a tool to address complex problems, we had better start teaching them the means to do so early.

The Guardian: Why Debating Still Matters

August 06, 2016

A team of teenagers from England have just won this year’s World Schools Debating Championship. But what relevance do skills more often associated with ancient Greece – or public school – have in today’s world?

The Guardian: From the Bronx to Yale

January 18, 2016

High school students from Democracy Prep school in the South Bronx, New York, compete against young people across the US at a ‘speech’ competition at Yale University, a form of competitive acting. Last year’s champion, Stephen, is hoping to regain his crown, but ambitious newcomers are coming up behind him. It’s not only trophies at stake, this could be their only chance of a college scholarship

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