So why Debate?

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.”
Mahatma Ghandi

The process of debate offers profound and lasting benefits for individuals, for societies and for the global community as a whole. With its emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, independent research and teamwork, debate teaches skills that serve individuals well in school, in the workplace, in political life and in fulfilling their responsibilities as citizens of democratic societies. Once students have learned how to debate, they are better able to critically examine the pronouncements of their political representatives and to make informed judgments about crucial issues.

3 thoughts on “So why Debate?

  1. I totally agree with the Administrator on his ideas concerning debating. There is , however, at least one more element here to be considered, and that is cooperation between schools and teachers. Without it there would be very little cooperation between students. So all those of us who still have the time and faith to keep on debating, well done. Keep up the good work!

    Kristiina Leskinen from Tampereen yhteiskoulun lukio

  2. So here are five possible reasons for debating. What do YOU think?

    5) It improves critical thinking – or being able to look at ideas for both their strengths and their weaknesses. If ever someone offers you an idea, you need to be able to test it and see if it’s a good or bad idea. Some of the things we do are harmful to our lives! But we do not think critically about ideas, or actions. Debate helps you do this.

    4) It helps you know how to research — if ever you have a question about anything, you could either ask someone who knows the answer, or you can find out for yourself. Debate gives you the tools you need to understand how to find out information on your own, so that you can rely on yourself to find answers to your questions. This is knowledge, and knowledge is power.

    3) It improves your ability to listen – in life, with whoever you are around (family, friends or classmates), you need to be able to listen when other people talk to you! How many arguments happen simply because we do not understand one another? If you learn to listen well, you will understand people more, and save yourself a lot of trouble!

    2) It helps you communicate confidently and effectively — debate helps you organize your ideas, and in debate, you also practice delivering your ideas to your audience. We work on finding ways to really say what we need to say. Communication opens so many doors! And your words can change the world.

    1) Debate is fun! (Right?)!

    Do you have other ideas about why people debate? SO COMMENT!!

  3. Wisely written, I couldn’t agree more.
    I have noticed that the best-informed minds that take up debating do so precisely because they have somewho realised the broad educational benefits of debating for themselves as individuals and as future professionals and well-informed citizens.

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