Participating in competitive debate among high school students is associated with significant gains in cumulative grade point average.
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Hear from Glenn Pelham Foundation program students, educators, and alumni about how debate impacted their lives
There’s a bunch of things that debate can give you, but two of the most important are self-confidence and an understanding of the world around you.
Policy debate is a great opportunity for students to stay abreast of current events that affect society as a whole. It gives students a sense of pride knowing that they are able to have a stimulating conversation without bias to their age group.
In sixth grade I was a shy girl with no self confidence. Debate has helped me gain confidence, learn to think critically, meet new people, and work on my public speaking skills.
[S]tudents who exhibit challenging behavior during the day, come alive during debate
Policy debate provides students excellent skills in organization, reading comprehension and interpretation, logic, and argumentation. Debaters are challenged to overcome public speaking fears as they work as a team in an academic context.
[Debate] has helped me learn skills necessary to engage with other people and have the critical reading skills to ensure that school is a breeze.
[Debate] really helps the students be able to think critically and on their feet
I believe it is one of the best activit[ies] to encourage global comprehensive thought
[My] debaters have become more confident, discerning, and detailed students
I believe it should be a part of all classes
[Debate] promotes understanding of global issues while also improving confidence, work ethic, and vocabulary