Debate Club

Apex Debate Club to develop Critical Thinking, Writing, Reading Skills

Debating teaches students to investigate new ideas, develop critical thinking skills, and open their minds to different viewpoints.

  • Critical Reading
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research and Analysis
  • Organization and Presentation
  • Public Speaking
  • Note Taking
  • Writing Skills

.... learn to think on your feet and build confidence

How does debate help students excel?
By Julie Yi

President John F. Kennedy said, “I think debating in high school and college a most valuable training whether for politics, the law, business, or for service on community committees such as the PTA and the League of Women Voters. A good debater must not only study material in support of his own case, but he must also, of course, thoroughly analyze the expected arguments of his opponent....The give and take of debating, the testing of ideas, is essential to democracy. I wish we had a good deal more debating in our institutions than we do now" (Freedom and Union, 7).

The words President Kennedy spoke decades ago are resonating with contemporary parents and education specialists as the popularity of debate clubs grows by leaps and bounds.  At education centers throughout California, educators are quickly adding debate and essay programs to their typical after-school offerings of homework support, tutoring, and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) preparation classes.  Why the sudden rapid growth?

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