Prerequisites: Completion of a basic public speaking course or teacher approval (see description)
This class is designed to offer direct instruction in competitive debate. This class will teach students how to express ideas and to defend them under direct challenge, backed by evidence, not by mere conjecture and opinion. Students will learn major philosophical concepts and moral theories and will learn to apply them to the cases they construct and argue. This course is devoted to competition preparation and is structured according to league debate events. Students do extensive research and are required to attend and participate in debates held outside of school hours. English Department Recommendation: For 10th – 12th graders who have taken a basic speaking course or have successfully completed Competitive Forensics.