The role of debate in education


Author: David Rea

IB Diploma ESS, TOK Teacher and Speech and Debate Coordinator


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.