WHY DEBATE?• DEBATE IS VARSITY THINKING. It’s a synthesis of key academic skills: reading, research, writing, argument construction, and performance.• DEBATE TEACHES STUDY SKILLS. Success in competition requires high quality preparation – and adherence to deadlines.• DEBATERS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL. Research shows that debate sparks academic achievement and standardized test performance.• DEBATE IS GREAT FUN. Students travel to local, regional and national tournaments – competing with and learning from other bright students.
Why the Debate Academy?• We’ve assembled a first-rate staff – debate teachers from all over the country who have taught champions, and were champion debaters themselves.• The Academy prepares students for the competitive debate season; they’ll have a head start in the fall.• Debate is a new language – and immersion is the best method of teaching a new language. We’ll work on debate all day, every day.• It’s a fraction of the typical debate workshop cost. Programs hosted by universities charge a minimum of $1000/week.
What will be taught?Each group will begin with basic debate format instruction and(except in parliamentary debate) lecture/discussion on the topic.Students will learn how to research (WiFi will be available to allthroughout the Academy).We will emphasize speaking. Students will be on their feet doingspeaking exercises on the very first day.We will have lots of practice rounds – approximately half of ourtime the second week will be devoted to this type of instruction.The Academy will conclude with a tournament.
What’s a typical day like?We’ll begin each day at 8:30 am, and dismiss students at 5:30pm, six days a week. (Yes, there will be homework.)Mornings the first week will feature topic and format lectures,followed by small group work on skills. Afternoons are forwork on arguments, casewriting, and research, again in smallgroups. We’ll bring lunch in!The second week will have a few advanced lectures, but theemphasis is on argument development and practice rounds.The staff/student ratio for small group or “lab” work will not behigher than 1:10.
THE DEBATE FORMATS ARE …POLICY • One broad policy topic for the entire school year • Students compete in teams of two • Research intensiveLINCOLN-DOUGLAS • Value and policy topics; a new topic every two months • Students debate alone; no partners • Stresses ethical and philosophical contexts.
THE DEBATE FORMATS ARE …PUBLIC FORUM • Current affairs topics; a new topic each month • Students debate in teams of two • "Audience-friendly" debatePARLIAMENTARY • Topics are announced 25 minutes before the contest begins • Students debate in teams of two. • Stresses broad knowledge, ability to construct arguments quickly
Who will be teaching?• Michael Ewald is the Director of Debate at the University of Chicago Lab School. His extremely successful policy teams travel nationally. Michael also coached last year’s Grand National NCFL debate team (Sioux Falls Washington, South Dakota). • Cayman Giordano has been teaching, coaching, or competing in all kinds of debate (including Policy, Public Forum, Parliamentary, and Lincoln-Douglas) since the late 1990s. He has coached public forum and policy teams to middle school national championships. He has taught at Stanford, Loyola, and the Capitol Classic debate institutes the past several summers.
Who will be teaching?• Michael Hassin competed in Lincoln-Douglas for Millburn High School in New Jersey, where he now coaches. He reached late elimination rounds at tournaments across the country, including Yale, Columbia, Wake Forest, and Stanford. His students have earned qualifications to the NFL National Tournament, the NCFL Grand Nationals, and the Tournament of Champions.• Ben Mabie competed on the James Logan Forensics Team for four years, and won a variety of awards in public forum and parliamentary debate. Ben’s career culminated in a 5th place finish in extemporaneous speaking at the Grand Catholic Nationals Tournament and a 3rd place finish in International Extemporaneous Speaking at the National Tournament. Ben now studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Who will be teaching?• Jeffrey Merrill did Lincoln-Douglas Debate at Mountain View High School from 2005-09 and won several major championships at national invitationals. He is currently an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy, Sociology and Math.• Les Phillips coaches debate at James Logan High School. For 22 years, he directed debate at Lexington High School in Massachusetts. During that time, Lexington students won two national championships in policy debate and a national championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate Les has taught at the Bates, Dartmouth, CITI, University of Texas, and Northwestern workshops and is currently in his fifth year as director of Stanford’s Public Forum Institute.• Sam Timinsky is the director of parliamentary debate at the University of Washington, where he is a PhD candidate in Asian history. Sam competed in policy debate for Marist College in New York, and has coached high school policy and parliamentary teams in the New York area. Sam is an extraordinarily charismatic teacher with a strong background in history and philosophy, and we are very much looking forward to his work at Logan.