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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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