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Social Change and Academic Gain: Debate in the Neighborhood and Competitive Debate

May 23, 2014
Published in Benefits of Debate

I recently (May 9-10, 2014) had the opportunity to attend the Debate in the Neighborhood exchange conference in Amsterdam that was sponsored by IDEA Netherlands. The conference was attended by more than 100 people from throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. It was a great opportunity to meet people who are interested…

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The Power of Debate—Building the Five “C’s” for the 21st Century

May 22, 2014
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Remarks of Secretary Arne Duncan to the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues 2012 Annual Dinner APRIL 12, 2012 Speech I am delighted to be here tonight because the value of debate teams is both so great and yet so under-recognized. In America, education is the great equalizer. And in our urban high schools, competitive…

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Jerzy Bayer on Learning Languages and Debate Training

August 8, 2013
Published in Benefits of Debate

From Tuna Snider’s Global Debating Blog Jerzy Bayer is the ambassador of Poland to Thailand. He is an amazing world citizen and speaks many different languages. He delivered a talk to debte trainers and language teachers in Bangkok, Thailand that I attended. With his permission I did adigital audio recoding of the session and here it is. Thanks to Piyahart…

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Too young to debate? That’s debatable Huff Elementary School holds uncommon tournament

May 10, 2013
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From MountainView Voice It’s been getting harder for the parents of some Huff Elementary School parents to pull the “Because I told you so” card on their children, and there is one man to blame for that. Brier Buchalter, a teacher with the Gifted and Talented Education program at Huff, has been encouraging students of…

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