Debate noun1. a formal discussion on a particular topic in which opposing arguments are put forward.
Debate is an organized clash of ideas. A competitive round of debate consists of two people on each side of a controversial statement called a resolution. The debate round is observed by a judge who selects a winner based on the arguments made in the debate.
Benefits of Debate
• Fun: The vast majority of the tens of thousands of students who compete in debate tournaments each year will tell you that it’s fun. For every person, the experience is a little different, but generally the thrill of competition, the camaraderie of teammates and the travel opportunities make debate fun. • Teammates: An additional benefit of getting involved is building friendships with teammates who enjoy similar interests. • Public Speaking Skills: Most people naturally avoid public speaking--debate provides a nonthreatening environment to practice these skills so that down the road when you’re called on to speak in college or on the job, you’ll have the skills necessary to do a great job. • Analytical Skills: The ability to critically analyze a problem and propose workable solutions is invaluable. • Research Skills: From traditional library research to the Internet, debate teaches you to become a world-class researcher. • Listening & Note Taking Skills: Debate requires that you become a careful listener and good note taker.
How do I know if Debate is right for me? CHECK ALL THAT APPLY
☐ discussing politics ☐ developing strong opinions ☐ researching and writing ☐ convincing others of an argument ☐ exploring both sides of an issue ☐ learning to speak in front of crowds ☐ having fun ☐ making friends from different schools, and so on and so on!
MOUNDS VIEW DEBATE IS FOR EVERYONE! If you checked any of the boxes above, Debate is the perfect activity for you so... JOIN THE TEAM AND FIND YOUR VOICE