JSA Student Debate Workshops
At the heart of the democratic experience is the ability of every citizen to openly share ideas, compare the merits of each position, and freely select the direction that best reflects their individual beliefs. In fact, what is the American democratic experience if not fundamentally an on-going, public debate among all citizens regarding their aspirations for freedom and their responsibilities for their own destinies, and for that of the republic?
Debating builds critical skills. It sharpens focus, it strengthens and refines analysis, it fosters communication and negotiation and public speech, it drives conviction and discipline while requiring active listening and tolerance for differing points of view, and it builds structure for effective problem solving.
At JSA Summer Programs students don’t just have debates, they consistently work on debate skills – it’s a regular activity, an energetic, fun, and on-going workshop of sharing ideas, partnering and negotiating, accepting the points of others, and persuading others to differing points of view.
At JSA Summer Programs, student debates are really more than an activity, they are a manifestation of the core dimensions of leadership that each student comes to develop and internalize within him or herself.