What is Debate?
Debate is a discussion or formal contest of skills based upon REASONED argument.
Debate creates a marketplace for the exchange of differing ideas, opinions, facts and to determine the accuracy and truth of a claim.
Types of Debate at the High School Level
Cross Examination Debate
What are the benefits of Debate?
Can help you to enhance research, critical thinking, speaking and listening skills.
Tends to increase one's tolerance of differing opinions.
Helps to separate fact from fiction and fact from op-ed.
Instills confidence in its participants and empowers them to become civic leaders in their communities.
Show me ACTUAL examples of people that have benefited from Debate.
"Having to make and defend arguments in front of an audience is tough. As a student in NLR's Debate program, it helped to ease that anxiety. I learned tools to help structure my thoughts in a way that evidenced charisma and credibility. I use much of these skills today as a Harvard Law Student." - Abraham Williamson, Harvard Law Student
"I was part of the NLRHS debate program all 4 years in high school. I never myself going into politics or public service, so you'd imagine I wouldn't use the skills I learned in Debate that often. But, as a TV news reporter, I use it daily. Whereas debate taught me how to convey an argument within structured time, I can now interview newsmakers across Northwest Arkansas and beyond and tell viewers what matters to them within a 90 second report." -Joseph Holloway, KNWA/KFTA, Fayetteville, AR
"Debate equipped me with communication and analysis skills that I use every day. As a scientist, I need to be able to clearly explain and defend my work to others. Learning to organize my arguments into a short, timed speech in debate taught me how to do this. I rely on the deep research and critical analysis abilities that I developed in debate to stay informed of scientific developments in my field and figure out how they relate to my own research." -Dr. Hannah Deberg, PhD in Physics and specialized in biological physics
What courses are available to me?
What do I do next?
Reach out to your counselor to sign up for Debate today!
You may contact Kim Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like additional information.
A huge congratulations to Josh Hale for placing as a semi-finalist in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate format and to Jai-Lahn Kimbraugh for placing as a quarter-finalist in IDPA Debate!