Debate Class taught by Ms. Barnes
What is Debate?
A debate is an organized argument or contest of ideas in which the participants discuss a topic from two opposing sides. Those who agree with this statement or idea are the "Pro" side. ... In a formal debate, a mediator (a person that has not agreed with the Pro or the Con) will decide who the winner should be.
Debate skills are essential to public life. ... In a debate program, students engage voluntarily in a social activity that reaps significant intellectual benefits, and rewards academic skills: quick thinking, sound argument, and confident speaking.
Why is Debate Important?
Debate develops skills and knowledge that will help the debater become an elite and college-ready student, and will also help them to develop a civic and political identity.
Debating, instead of arguing, can help you defuse a rapidly escalating situation. ... Debating helps you to develop essential critical thinking skills – the ability to make reasoned and well thought out arguments in addition to questioning the evidence behind a particular stance or conclusion.
To do this we need to be equipped to argue in public. Debating competitions are a fantastic way to teach this important skill to young people.