Debating in the World Schools Style: A Guide

Debating in the World Schools Style: A Guide

Debating in the World Schools Style: A Guide

Debating in the World Schools Style: A Guide

Synopsis

A how-to guide to the most popular style of debating among school students across the world.

Excerpt

When was the last time that you debated?

Was it today? Yesterday? Perhaps even last week?

If you said, “never,” you are wrong. Everyone has debated, and almost everyone has debated more recently than they think. If you said, “never,” or “not since the end of the last debating season,” you obviously think of debating as something formal; an activity involving two teams of three speakers each, with a set motion and an adjudicator. That is certainly one style of debating—the style discussed in this book. However, it is not the only style. Debating is all around us: on the television, in the newspapers, and in our own homes. As a society, we debate about almost everything—from tax reform to mowing the lawn. Debating is everywhere, and everyone can do it.

What’s more, debating is fun! Participating in organized debates gives you the chance to meet new people and new ideas. Best of all, you have the opportunity to stand up and argue with someone in public, in a stimulating and organized dispute about real issues. That’s what this book is about—improving your skills of formal argument. Hopefully, this book will help you to develop the right skills and strategies to be a successful debater. Most of all, this book should help you to make debating fun.

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