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DBS Publications, Saturday, April 26, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the New-York Historical Society hosted the first annual NYC Urban Debate League Elementary School Championship in the stately Patricia D. Klingenstein Library.

The topic, “Was New York City a good place for African Americans in the 1800” proved to be a topic of intense discussion for elementary school children, but they were well-prepared, and offered their arguments — pro and con — with thoughtfulness, strong voices, and composure.

When the matches ended the teachers critiqued each student. After the scores were tallied, each of the winners received a trophy. The first and second grade champions also received a copy of the David Bruce Smith/Clarice Smith book, American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States.

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.

The New York City Urban Debate League
25 Broadway, 12th Floor