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?