The role of debate in education

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Author: David Rea

IB Diploma ESS, TOK Teacher and Speech and Debate Coordinator

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The process of debate offers lasting benefits, which serve individuals throughout their school years and professional working lives. Through debating, students must evaluate their opponents’ values and evidence whilst making a strong case for their own arguments, developing invaluable critical thinking skills.

At ACS Egham, debate is promoted and fostered through class discussion as well as through active participation in extra-curricular events. Structured and competitive environments provide students with the opportunity to advance their public speaking and critical thinking skills. The verbal argument of a debate is often the culmination of weeks spent researching and developing an idea or claim. As a result students develop strong research and writing skills, which can also be extended across their academic studies.