Debate Quote of the Week

The Benefits of Debate

Each week we curate some of the best studies, articles, and stories about debate. 

  • Scholastic Benefits of Debate.
  • Civic Benefits of Debate.
  • Collegiate Benefits of Debate
  • Career Benefits of Debate
  • Socio-Emotional Benefits of Debate
  • Interpersonal Benefits of Debate
  • Community Benefits of Debate
  • Political Benefits of Debate
  • And the list goes on and on!  
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April 30th, 2019 - The Call for Erisology 

"Erisology to me sounds like the call for more rhetorical, debate, and oratory education, such as the growing oracy movement in the United Kingdom and the rise of nonprofit debating leagues for young people across the United States through organizations such as the Urban Debate Leagues. Losing an argument is a very important democratic art that we never practice. It’s vital that we learn how to live with our persuasive failures. There’s no great secret to it, just practice. The more time we spend arguing with one another in low-stakes situations, the better we will be when the situation calls for serious consideration." - The Atlantic, April 30th, 2019

Stephen Llano, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric, Communication & Theater, St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y. The Atlantic Magazine


April 23rd, 2019 - Study of the Academic Benefits of Urban Debate on Middle School Students.

“I think debate makes kids feel like they have a force that nobody can deny.” —Franklin, eighth grader (click here for article)

Franklin 8th Grade Middle School Student

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April 20th, 2019 - The Prison Debate Initiative

“Listen, with limited resources, human beings who have been counted out, who may have done some bad things, can do some great things." How maximum security inmates took on Cambridge in a debate about nuclear weapons — and won (The Story of the Prison Debate Initiative and how debate is changing our prison system). 

Samantha Schmidt The Washington Post (April 20th 2019)

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