The Case for Competitive Debate

Contributor: Kathi Thomas. Lesson ID: 11009

Does your teen have trouble getting a point across in a discussion? Competitive debate gives teens confidence, listening and research skills and other empowering abilities. Here are some online tools!


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"I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job." — Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain.

  • Why would Margaret Thatcher, one of the world's most powerful leaders in recent history, welcome the challenges to her ideas?
  • Why should students today embrace opportunities to challenge one another's thinking and speak publicly on significant topics?

Margaret Thatcher understood the process of debate as the best way to gain and offer perspectives and evaluate the pros and cons of decisions. Quite simply, listening skills, critical thinking, and the ability to articulate logical, valid responses are empowering abilities.

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