Shout outs to Bronx's In-Tech Debate Team and Mayor Bill de Blasio for support of debate!

Riverdale Press, Posted March 1, 2017

 "Near the end of the three-hour town hall, de Blasio took a question from a member of IN-Tech Academy’s debate team, who asked for more funding for the club. “I don’t know if you know anything about my family. Did you know that my son Dante was on the debate team at his high school?.. Did you know that he was a state champion debater?” de Blasio asked the student. “Because of my strong interest in debate teams, we are going to see if we can help you get computers for your debate team, but if we succeed you have to lecture the other members of the debate team that you were the one who stayed out late at the town hall meeting to get the computers."

 

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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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