Why Debate?

We believe that the medium of debate imparts skillsets required of a 21st century workforce and enables individuals to better engage with society and the world they live in.

We believe that debate helps individuals to:

  • Think and speak with greater clarity and be understood by others
  • Acquire the courage to challenge the norm
  • Engage in respectful and meaningful discourse
  • Develop an independent opinion amidst noise
  • And possess the willingness to question long-held opinions, even one’s own

Read on to find out how debate can impact your life.

Why Debate
Learn how to analyse logically
and engage in critical reasoning

One of the strongest ways to persuade an audience is to appeal to their intellect.

This requires the construction of logical arguments which are internally consistent, complete and, compelling. This also applies to the deconstruction of opposing arguments, often done instantaneously in a competitive debate setting.

The ability to build and refute logically and critically is at the core of debate.

Individuals who possess these skills know how to approach various issues, prioritise the best arguments, identify gaps in reasoning etc. This makes them highly sought after by top schools and companies.

Next: Articulate your thoughts with clarity and integrity

Why Debate
Articulate your thoughts
with clarity and integrity

Debate disciplines the mind to engage in focused and clear thinking which are key pillars of effective persuasion.

Debate imparts the know-how to construct and convey ideas wholly and without distraction such that an audience without prior knowledge is able to follow the thought process with ease.

The ability to think and communicate one’s thoughts clearly, both written and spoken, is paramount as it is demanded in school work, interviews, work interactions and various other aspects of modern life.

We believe that the ability to express oneself fully with ease creates a strong sense of personal satisfaction and achievement.

Next: Influence others with intentional choice of vocabulary and style

Why Debate
Influence others with
intentional choice of vocabulary and style

Good logic needs to be supported by the intentional choice of language and use of communication styles to create sway and win over an audience.

The medium of debate provides the environment for individuals to learn and master these skills. This is especially evident in competitive debate as judges will need to determine a winner from participating teams.

Effective debaters are also powerful orators as they have learnt how language, voice and manner create sympathy, understanding and support for their position and perspectives.

Knowing how to persuade an audience is a must-have skill, regardless of one’s age or profession to flourish in the 21st century.

Next: Build mental resilience and perform with dynamism

Why Debate
Build mental resilience
and perform with dynamism

Debates replicate real world scenarios where adversarial as well as affable circumstances can arise.

Debate teaches individuals how to defend their position when questioned and respond with equanimity. This is especially apparent in competitive debate where debaters are given as little as 15 minutes to prepare a complex case and deliver it in front of a large audience.

Regular exposure to an environment of debate creates mentally resilient individuals who are able to handle similar conditions of stress e.g. school/ work interviews, business meetings and pitches with greater ease.

Next: Develop perspective and empathy

Why Debate
Develop perspective and empathy

Debate promotes and encourages holistic thinking.

Debaters are not given a choice when it comes to debate topics and are required to defend their assigned sides. Thus, they must learn to be balanced in learning different perspectives on a certain issue and overcoming personal or social prejudices they may possess.

Individuals who undergo such rigour tend to be more empathetic and open to different viewpoints in society enabling them to be more open-minded and self-aware.

This is especially important as in contemporary society, an individual will need to interact with others who come from different backgrounds and communicate with people who hold alternate points of view with respect.