The Chicago Debate League encourages us to be civically engaged in our communities… and to apply our advocacy skills to solve issues we face today.
When you have the kind of education [that debate provides], you are able to voice your opinion more and really make a difference in things that are important to you.
Thanks to my school’s debate team, a lazy, arrogant kid with no real direction dragged his terrible GPA to above a 3.0 and become a true leader in his school.
Growing up in special education made me doubt my reading abilities. Starting in my first year of debate, I was able to bring both my reading and speaking skills up. After three years on the debate team I became captain and started helping others who doubted themselves.
The Chicago Debate League encourages us to be civically engaged in our communities. They want us to apply our advocacy skills to solve issues we face today.
Debate made me realize that I was more than a C student. I was an A student ready to burst out.
I have been able to overcome my obstacles because debate gave me a purpose.
Debate has unquestionably made me the best version of myself. … While debate trained me to respond directly to my opponent’s arguments, it also taught me to advocate for my own. It made more cognizant of the privileges I have and more active about the ones I don’t.
Debate certainly has helped prepare me for college. It introduced me to critical academic theories and writers, many of whom we are now discussing in my classes. It also taught me how to manage my time and do targeted research using specific scholarly databases. Debate also helped me articulate my ideas in a concise and persuasive manner.
When I joined debate, it ignited a spark inside of me that made me feel like I could pursue big things that I didn’t think I could do before.
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