DEbating Across The Curriculum

"There are few other activities in high school or college that are as important as speech and debate. Regardless of an individual's academic or career goals, the ability to research a complex question, marshal arguments and present them in a persuasive and compelling way, are skills that will serve you well all your life." (Hunt, 1990, p. 13)

Ten benefits to incorporating debate in the classroom (Hunt, 1997, pp. 7-10):

1.   Learn how democracies function, and how to become a better citizen and leader. 

2.   Hone critical, reflective, and creative thinking capacities.

3.   Learn research methods to support advocacy.

4.   Learn a great deal about proof, logic, and reasoning.

5.   Learn much about organization and arrangement for positions.

6.   Learn about language usage and style, and rhetorical flair.

7.   Develop listening skills, which are essential for good debate.

8.   Vastly improve public speaking abilities, including the importance of nonverbal elements such as dress, vocalics, gestures, and gaze.

9.   Learn about the ethics of advocacy, arguing to the right end.

10. Gain familiarity with current events, including both concrete facts and theories surrounding controversies.


Resources from Skip Rutledge's Debating Across the Curriculum Workshop on November 16, 2016:

 -  Some Ground Rules and a Priori Understandings

-   Skip's Debate on a Page

-   "A Discussion of Teaching and Coaching Techniques and Drills for Speech and Debate"

-   A List of Rhetorically Accurate Verbs