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.
Debate has played a leading role in my decision to go to college. I’ll be a first generation college student. My family never saw the importance of college until they saw how much debate inspired me to perform better in the classroom.
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.
By engaging students in real, complex public policy questions, competitive debate is nurturing a new generation of engaged, committed citizens.
Debate made me realize that I was more than a C student. I was an A student ready to burst out.
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.
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.
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.
Debate has allowed me to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves, specifically for my parents… Spanish and debate are two completely different languages but when combined, they can have a powerful impact on our communities in poverty.
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.
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Congrats to Micah and Alex from Walter Payton College Prep for making it to the semi-finals at the National Urban Debate Championships; and to Amado and Kelvin from Eric Solorio Academy High School for breaking to octo-finals as sophomores in their first national tournament. We're proud of them and humbled by them! Attached are some photos from the tournament, including our awesome competitors, Jake and Anna from Lincoln Park High School (Chicago), and some of our great alums, coaches, staff, etc., LaDonna Miller, Dara Davis, Drew Singleton, Lucia Hernandez, Mawuli Agbefe, and more. Congrats to all! ... See MoreSee Less
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