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Three Ways Speech and Debate Builds Better Thinkers
作者:Stacy Calfo b| 回到目录
With the roll-out of two new 上学校 courses this year, Ravenscroft’s Speech and Debate program has developed into a rigorous series of electives that spur 中间 and 上学校 students to develop essential skills.
“Speech and Debate challenges students to lead with self, 领导他人，改变世界,社会学老师梅勒妮·斯潘西说, 谁领导高中课程, 说. “学生 engage many of the Lead from Here competencies as they transform into visionaries, ready to address current problems and change our world for the better.”
Here are three key proficiencies Ravenscroft students gain from Speech and Debate classes.
The development of the 上学校 Speech and Debate program
对很多学生来说, Speech and Debate is the first time they’ve presented information or made and defended an argument in such a formal manner. 学会做好这件事会有显著的回报.
“年初的时候, I wasn't very confident speaking in front of my peers, 但随着时间的推移, 我注意到我说话更舒服了, both in front of the class and in everyday speech,高中演讲和辩论课的学生 尼克·费，21岁 谈到他的经历.
语言艺术老师凯伦·韦斯特布鲁克说, who introduced the 中学’s Speech and Debate curriculum in 2015, 同意. “My students see that public speaking does not have to be scary or intimidating and that we all are constant students of how to be better speakers.”
The courses also develop and reinforce strong critical thinking skills and more disciplined approaches to argumentation.
“My biggest takeaway from the class was to consider and analyze others’ perspectives,” 说 格蕾丝·彼得罗夫，24岁. “它让我能够驾驭辩论, make assertions at the precise moments and articulate ideas that would either support or negate an argument.”
为 塔利亚·格兰尼克，21岁, the class served as meaningful preparation for facing real-life challenges head-on. “Not only does it throw you into super-uncomfortable situations and force you to think on your feet, but also it teaches you so much about understanding multiple sides to every argument,”她说。.
And — particularly important in today’s fractured political climate — the discipline’s norms make a solid case for civil discourse.
“I appreciate the recognition that debate does not mean raising one’s voice or name-calling but, 而, 冷静地发表主张, 理性和支持, 逻辑和论证,韦少说. “Developmentally, teenagers are challenged to see this. I believe Speech and Debate helps with their self-awareness.”
Another key takeaway is one that can be especially difficult for perfection-minded students: accepting criticism and moving on from failure.
“As novice debaters, students are required to embrace a growth-minded perspective,” Spransy 说. “No student starts as a champion; instead they must learn to take in constructive feedback from coaches and judges in order to grow.”
“We all provide and receive feedback from each other,韦少说. “协作和沟通是必不可少的.
“Many middle schoolers feel that they don't have a voice, but in this class they do,” she added. “I feel that students coming out of these classes can tell anyone how powerful the spoken word can be.”
Watch then-中学 Speech and Debate II student 德莱尼·华盛顿，22年 给她演讲, 《如果我统治世界,” originally spotlighted in the Spring 2018 Ravenscroft杂志.