Critical Reasoning Skills
“Entrants to today’s work force can expect to change jobs several times over the course of their career. The skills required for specific jobs are likely to change quickly as well. In contrast, the importance of the core critical-thinking skills is enduring.”
- Council for Aid to Education (CAE)
Debate is a speech event where an individual or team attempts to persuade a judge to prefer their side of a resolution. In order to perform well in debate, a student should build a skill set that includes research, teamwork, leadership, moral and ethical decision making, and public speaking abilities.
Debate is a uniquely beneficial activity because it teaches students to learn effective research skills, to build a substantial knowledge base, and then to use those skills, receive feedback, and to improve and refine these abilities.
The process of self evaluation and adaption which is built into debate, is an essential academic competency for all students.