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Lessons from Stoneman Douglas:
How debate programs drive activism and achievement
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, made
headlines for their articulate arguments
for gun control after a February shooting
at their school left 17 dead.
Their eloquence and activism did not
come as a surprise to district leaders: Broward County Public Schools operates a
systemwide debate program in more than
two dozen elementary schools and every
middle and high school. The district also
offers journalism, drama and other arts
programs.
Public engagement programs such as
debate and forensics instill students with
confidence, says Mark Ingerson, a teacher and forensics team coach at Salem
High School, part of Salem City Schools
in Virginia. They also teach research,
analysis and active listening skills.
"These kids have been trained in public speaking under pressure," Ingerson
says. "Suddenly, they're speaking in front
of news cameras, and they do it like it's
nothing."
The Salem High School team has won
13 consecutive annual Virginia debate
championships, and students have gone
on to public-facing roles in politics and
nonprofits.
Being a debate team captain improved a college applicant's chance of admission to the University of Pennsylvania
by more than 60 percent, according to
a widely cited 1999 Wall Street Journal
analysis. And a 2017 study from debate
education provider Millennial Speech &
Debate found that of graduating seniors
whose debate teams reached the finals at
three national competitions, 79 percent
went on to attend colleges ranked in the
top 75 by U.S. News & World Report.
Many districts have cut debate programs in recent years. Still, a number
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FINDING THEIR VOICES-Students from the New Haven Urban Debate League
in Connecticut are among those across the nation who have been learning the
speaking and presentation skills necessary for productive public engagement.

of schools nationwide are committed
to teaching skills coaches say will last a
lifetime, including how to maintain eye
contact and ask meaningful questions.
"Creating an environment where
students have a voice but also understand
the logistics and chain of command of
society, of their school, of their community, is important," says Tara Grieb,
principal of Stissing Mountain Junior/
Senior High School in Pine Plains, New
York, which offers forensics, mock trial,
key club and model UN programs.
The equity issue
Public engagement programs tend to be
more common in private schools and
wealthier public schools. To fill some
funding gaps, the National Association
for Urban Debate Leagues operates 22
programs in 629 urban public schools,
reaching 10,878 students.
The New Haven Urban Debate
League in Connecticut is operated by
Yale University undergraduates, who
send coaches to 150 students in a dozen
schools each week to teach public speaking and current events.
"Most of these students wouldn't have

the opportunity to compete in debate
and learn these types of skills without
the Urban Debate League, because their
schools don't offer these programs," says
Eric Foster, co-president of the New Haven organization.
Getting started
District administrators who want to add
debate or journalism to their schools
should treat it like a sports team, Ingerson says. Even more than funding, these
programs require a dedicated teacher or
coach-which can be difficult to find,
he adds. Schools can look to local public
speaking organizations, such as Toastmasters, to find partners and resources.
Administrators should also attend
events to support the students, the
same way as with athletic games, Ingerson says.
"Broward County has some of the
best debate programs in the nation, and
that empowered these students to speak
out on the issues they care about," says
Foster. "Regardless of where these students are from, we want them to be able
to forcefully speak out on their views."
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