All Middle School students participate in the year-long debate tournament, which yields a champion each spring. Debate skills serve students in all areas of academic life. Each participant will learn to research a topic, formulate arguments, and consider contentions to organize his or her case with clarity. Also, students will practice speaking publically, persuading others, and engaging in active listening through practice and debate competitions.
Speech and debate competitions help students see the value of academic research, but it also prepares them for greater participation in classroom discussions and activities. Requiring all students to compete in debate strengthens their media literacy skills. Students begin to differentiate the quality of sources and validity of information. They learn to question and test information, and they start to understand the nuances of information in the world around them.