Debate Camps Prepare Students to Become Thinkers, Speakers, and Leaders
The Benefits of Debate
The benefits of debate are multifaceted and far-reaching. Their effects are felt in every area of human pursuit. Students exposed to academic argumentation advance in several significant areas.
- Logic & Critical Thinking
Reasoning is a principal aspect of debate. Successful argumentation requires clear thinking, sound logic, an understanding of the subject matter, the issues effecting it, and the interaction between those issues.
Debate requires confrontation. It requires courage, taking charge, and the willingness to stand alone. These are not natural traits, but they are essential in nearly every endeavor and vocation.
The ability to learn from, aid, and work with others is crucial. The constructive discourse between multiple minds provides insights that would be lost or left undiscovered by one person.
- Communication Skills
Clear and concise communication is paramount to success not only in debate, but in law, politics, engineering, and every other occupation. Debate requires students to write, speak, persuade, and refute as they present their case.
- Academic Skills
Underpinning all these other benefits are the administrative skills essential to academics such as research, writing, and organization. Students must study subjects, plan their cases, and organize their information to present. These skills form the basis for future academic research.
- College Entrance & Scholarships
All these skills are especially relevant in the academic realm. Studies show that the SAT and ACT scores of students with debate experience are consistently higher than others. In addition to entrance scores, students who participate in debate as an extracurricular activity are more likely to be accepted into prestigious colleges and universities. Many institutions offer full or partial scholarships for students who debate in high school.
The Need for Debate
A Generation of Thinkers – In a time when education equals regurgitating disconnected facts without considering what they mean, critical thinking is desperately needed. The next generation of leaders needs to be the next generation of thinkers. They need to be the men and women trained, practiced, and expert in dissecting, discussing, and critiquing issues while presenting new ideas about how to improve them.
A Generation of Speakers – Thinkers need the tools to communicate. Without a voice, the most brilliant mind will go unnoticed. Free speech is only an effective element of society if those speaking are speaking well, with conviction, reason, and ethics.
A Generation of Ethical Leaders – Leaders who know how to lead, know how to think, and know how to communicate are essential. But underlying those traits must be a firm adherence to ethical behavior. A leader with ethics will stimulate and encourage civic discourse to provide positive social change.
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