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Middle Schoolers Debate American Civics

NY1 News, November 1st 2017

Young debaters from around the city square off at a tournament Hollis to improve their reading and speaking skills.

About four hundred middle school students practiced cross-examining their opponents.

They argued  the pros and cons of whether or not citizens 18 and over should be required to vote.

The Middle School Quality Initiative and the New York City Urban Debate League organized the tournament.

"When it comes to confrontation or like arguments I might have, I more think about it as a debate so it doesn't become more confrontational,” said Olivia Lashley. The eighth-grader competed in the tournament.

In June, the best teams from each school will compete in a city championship.

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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