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July 24, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

The value of high school policy debate: Skills debate teaches students

Why should I have debate activities in the classroom? Here are 9 core skills debating teaches:

1) Critical thinking and problem solving skills
2) Decision making skills and ethics/philosophy
3) Public speaking skills
4) Empathy for injustice
5) Research skills
6) Organization skills
7) Writing and creativity
8] Teamwork and collaboration
9) Topic specific content in a play-based and project based learning model.

I’ve posted previously about the value of debate in a much more extensive way and even includes academic research to demonstrate its value to students and the community. Kate Shuster makes a compelling argument that debate teaches key values and practices to students:

Done correctly, it builds research competence, media literacy, reading comprehension, argument literacy (more on that one in just a second), evidence evaluation, summarization and outlining, public speaking, conflict resolution, civil discussion skills, critical thinking, and note taking.

What skills do you think debating teaches students?

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  1. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 15 2012 2:09 am

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