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I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou

Debate

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou

In debate, students from Year 6 upwards learn the importance of both understanding how to produce a balanced argument and taking a stand. Exploring resolutions as far reaching as whether or not cultural treasures should be returned to their place of origin and as close to home as the merits of universal pre-k in New York City, students keep abreast of current events and develop arguments supported by data, expert opinions and logical deductions to defend their opinions and beliefs.

Resolutions such as ‘animal testing does more good than harm’ and the ‘US should approve the release of genetically modified insects’ push debaters to vet resources for accuracy and bias, hold their opponents accountable to high standards of research and craft definitions and frames that favor their position. Drawing on presentation skills, preparation and mental flexibility, students learn to think with their teammates and on their feet to argue multiple sides of these often nebulous and layered topics. BIS-NY participates in the New York Debate League tournaments once a month where they bring these carefully crafted toolkits to battle it out with public, private and charter schools across the five boroughs and take home trophies, gavels and new friendships.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou
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