ERIC Number: EJ786093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 2
Clash! The World of Debate
Azzam, Amy M.
Educational Leadership, v65 n5 p68-72 Feb 2008
Debating has been around for a long time, with some pretty spectacular results. Look at Socrates, who was put to death in 399 BCE for corrupting the youth of Athens; his accusers could not forgive him for incessantly questioning their beliefs and making "the worse appear the better cause." More recently, debating has morphed into a sport for the elite, often associated with affluent school and drawing from a pool of primarily white males who go off to prestigious colleges and careers. The urban debate movement, with its 19 or so leagues across the United Students, is working to change those demographics and bring the benefits of debate to a wider audience. In this article, the author discusses the significance of debate and its benefits to students.
Descriptors: Debate, Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking, Verbal Communication, Critical Thinking, Self Esteem, Empowerment, Urban Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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