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ERIC Number: ED313751
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Belize, Central America: Role of Academic Debate in an Emerging Democracy.
Horn, Gary
Many secondary school principals in Belize had expressed a desire and a strong need to start developing in their students the many and varied skills to be gained from participating in debate. The principals feel that the educational system of Belize is their greatest asset and that adding debate to their curriculum would make it even stronger. To help implement debate in Belize, the Director of Forensics at Ferris State University (Michigan) took a debate team to Belize to demonstrate forensics for the secondary teachers and students. Before leaving for Belize, in addition to learning about the country for the 10-day trip, the team collected all of the debate and communications textbooks available for the students and teachers to use as reference material. The group traveled to many parts of Belize (San Pedro, Southern Belize, Western Belize, Orange Walk District, and Corozal) to lecture and demonstrate. In Corozal, the Belizian students were so eager that they participated in a debate with the Ferris team. It was obvious that Ferris State's efforts had been appreciated and would be a foundation for the Belizians to build on for their future. (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belize