Shout outs at the National Urban Debate League Championships this weekend in San Francisco, California! College Board President (and former NYC award winning high school debater at Stuyvesant High School) David Coleman was the keynote speaker! And yes that means the nation's largest college admissions test - The SAT - is written by debaters! According to a New York Times interview with David Coleman, "whenever a question really matters in college or career, it is not enough just to give an answer. The crucial next step is to support your answer with evidence..." Indeed, the new SAT's assessment of the ability to support claims with evidence, to analyze and deconstruct an author's argument, and the ability to define words according to context - are all essential debate skills.