This week we shout out our Debate Coaches and Educators! Over 50 debate teachers and coaches across the city joined us for Debate Con #3, our Fall 2016 Debate Educators Conference to celebrate debate and participate in all day workshops and discussions on debate. Click here to see our amazing line up of speakers and workshops!
Nothing could be more inspirational. No matter what your political beliefs and reactions to the Presidential Election, we are a Democracy and the people determine our leaders, our laws, our future. And that is why debate is essential to democracy as President Kennedy a former high school debater pointed out..."I think debating in high school and college a most valuable training...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." That is why in Athens, Greece, one of the western world's first democracies - every citizen was trained in oratory, debate and public speaking.
And that is why the mission of the NYC Urban Debate League is that every school and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. And so this week we shout out the teachers, coaches, parents, alumni and educators that teach and coach debate everyday to provide the best civic opportunities for our youth leaders. Thank you to so many for making Debate Con #3 such a success. Each Debate Educators Conference gets bigger and bigger and we are so inspired by the growth of debate and so inspired by the growth of democracy. No matter who our political leaders are, no matter what political party "controls" the Senate or the House - in a democracy, it is the people with the power. And so when I see 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders debating every Saturday at tournaments or every weekday in practices on topics from US China relations to First Amendment rights - I cannot be more optimistic, more inspired, and more excited at our future.
Thank you everyone for another incredible week for our Great Debaters! Thank you especially to every debate educator out there for making debate accessible to all. Thank you to all the debate teachers for attending Debate Con #3.
And it is never too early to sign up for Debate Con #4 Winter 2014, Monday, January 30th! This is also the next "Chancellors Day of Professional Development" for NYC teachers who have the day for professional development and so many principals will permit teacher to enroll in professional development off site. So please join us for Debate Con #4! Click here to sign up!