Students in Debate
Why Should Students Debate?
Competitive debate fosters tremendous relationships for students between their coach, team, and even their school. It also provides a fun, competitive atmosphere to learn about current issues, develop new skills, process and defend different points of view, and grow into a young leader.
- Academic Success
Debate is recognized at a national level in colleges and beyond. The skills taught and developed in debate prepare young people for academic work in all disciplines and fields, and helps students become highly proficient at critical reading, critical thinking, organization argumentation, and time management.
- College Admissions
Students enrolled in speech and debate programs, especially in urban public schools, have shown significantly improved reading and writing test scores for college. They also have the ability to develop connections between themselves and Universities throughout Kansas and the nation. Ad Astra will utilize these connections, as well as the professional mentorship relationships we develop, to help prepare students for college.
- Critical Thinking
Fostering critical and creative thinkers is central to the mission of Ad Astra Debate. We aim to meaningfully collaborate and build students’ thinking skills through our competitions and activities.
Debate Student Toolkit
NDCA Novice Packet
NDCA Open Evidence
The Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) serves students by providing leadership for the administration of education based interscholastic activities
National Speech & Debate Association
The NSDA provides recognition and support for students participating in speech and debate activities nationwide.
National Catholic Forensic League
The NCFL is committed to providing participants, judges, coaches, and volunteers the opportunity to pursue excellence in their endeavors.
The National Debate Coaches Association
The NDCA provides all debate coaches, regardless of type of debate, region, or pedagogical style, with avenues for professional development.
The National Individual Events Tournament of Champions
For students, NIETOC will provide an educational workshop focused on improving speaking skills, excellent competition and a chance to meet speech competitors from all over the nation.
National Debate Coaches Association High School Policy
This wiki is an attempt to compile and share information about arguments made by high school debate teams throughout the country to democratize the process of intelligence gathering.