There probably is no better single skill to prepare middle school and high school students for academic success in college, as well as professional success in life, than debate. Studying debate develops and accelerates myriad skills in students, such as critical thinking, research, oral and written communication, public speaking and team work. If done rightly, it also tends to develop intellectual curisosity and love of learning in the student.
Many people have a great fear of public speaking. And probably all of us - even the best and most experienced public speakers - still feel some nervousness and an adrenaline rush when we stand up to speak in front of a large crowd. But those who are able to overcome their fears and master the art of public speaking will enjoy many advantages and rewards in life.
Critical thinking has almost become a lost art in our current culture. This is one of the greatest failures of our current education system, and it has absolutely dire implications for our society - if we don't turn it around. We must turn it around. Our nation's survival - and even the survival of Western Civilization - depends on it.
"I was looking for an introductory debate program for my daughter and found this program. This is a well organized program and covers the fundamentals of debate. The program goes in depth into various logical fallacies and what good debate is all about, even when dealing with controversial topics. The student learns how to prepare, critically think and debate well, with hands on practice sessions and a final tournament. The debate formats covered include Team Policy debates and Lincoln Douglas debates. The environment at Lux debate camp is nurturing and provides amateur debaters a platform to discover their talents. Overall this is a great introductory program."
"Lux Debate Camp was an exciting learning experience for me. I enjoyed learning about logical fallacies I had never heard of before. I liked playing games that helped me think fast on my feet- a very useful and critical component of debate. Researching about the topics opened up new worlds to me that I had never thought much about previously. On top of all that, it was fun to partner with another classmate, help each other with our preparation for the tournament, and practice presenting to each other and in front of our class prior to the final competition."
"Thank you for teaching my daughter about debate and speech. She learned a lot. Because of this experience, she had the chance to grow and develop her interests in debate."
"Lux Debate Camp made a fun and exciting summer. I learned a lot about public speaking, critical thinking, and logical reasoning. I never knew so much about foreign aid or monetary policy. Lux Debate Camp created a new opportunity to learn skills I had never learned before."
"You are an amazing teacher! My daughter learned and improved a lot this year."
"At Lux Debate Camp, we learned about debate skills such as detecting logical fallacies, doing logical argumentation, and also forming a strong debate case. We learned about foreign aid programs, including food aid, military aid, and medical aid. We learned about the World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). We learned about such laws as the Cargo Preference Act and the Food for Peace Modernization Act. We learned about Supreme Court cases such as the Christian burial case, Hudson v. Michigan, and others. In addition to learning a lot of good information and debate skills,we also had fun playing games and having a tournament."