Learning to debate supports and enhances brain development in young people, encouraging the natural shift from concrete to abstract processing and increasing their capabilities to problem solve, plan, and think critically.
The format for this course is inspired by the International Debate Education Association (https://idebate.org/), which focuses on education, not competition, as the goal of debates. I emphasize the development of critical thinking skills and a tolerance for differing viewpoints, instilling an appreciation for the value of teamwork.
Distilling the research is an important part of the course, as is learning to debate both sides of any topic, actively listening to the arguments of opposing teams, and realizing that there is more than one way of thinking about any single question. You can read more about the benefits of debate here:
Please note: This class is repeated two more times this year, during Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 on different days and different times.