National Speech and Debate Education Day
National Speech and Debate Education Day
Every year the first Friday of March is recognized as National Speech and Debate Education Day to acknowledge the importance of speech and debate education in students’ curriculum and encourage creative skills in this field.
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Why National Speech and Debate Education Day?
Speech and Debate support intellectual growth while shaping children’s personalities by polishing both their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Teachers and coaches support students in learning important skills for their success in future careers and everyday decision-making. The capability to conduct thorough research, receive constructive criticism, and develop intelligent arguments produces assured citizens to collaborate and communicate their ideas productively.
This day encourages communities to show the coaches and teachers support for their perseverance and dedication. They work hard to prepare and help students even after school hours have ended. Speech & Debate coaches spend as much time as dance or athlete coaches preparing, pairing teams, studying rules, traveling, reviewing speeches, making changes, judges, and hosting events.
Speech and debate education draws up students for future careers as well as serving their community and nation. It helps them develop skills like critical thinking and analysis of facts. Another extremely vital quality that speech and debate instill in students is confidence. Through research, practice, and increased difficulty, students master various topics, all of which benefit them in the greater world the awaits them.
Speech and Debate is a fun activity for students and has a far-reaching impact. It holds the potential to change students’ lives by allowing them to learn to speak in front of a group. They will develop and articulate sound arguments, sharpen research skills, and learn to work in teams. Cultivating all these skills can lead to careers in varied fields like academia, politics, journalism, and law.
How Can We Observe National Speech and Debate Education Day?
- Students can participate and explore the opportunities for Speech and Debate in their school. This inspires others to confidently present their ideas. While motivating others, they discover the confidence to be leaders and support each other to engage in a contest of words and thoughts.
- Support the local school’s Speech and Debate teams and use hashtags like #SpeechAndDebateEducationDay and #WeAreSpeechAndDebate social media.
- Schools and educators are encouraged to run creative activities that combine both games and debates on Speech and Debate Education Day.
- JAM can be organized, including a range of topics that fascinate students.
Interesting Facts On National Speech and Debate Education Day:
- Speech and Debates have been proven extremely useful in sparking spontaneity in students and young minds. This helps students in speech and other subjects, which include analytical and numerical problems.
- It also instigates the desire to participate in all academic classes and activities.
- Students who participate in debate programs are likely to discover and develop skills like confidence, critical thinking, curiosity, presentation, and research methodologies.
- While working in teams and groups, students meet like-minded peers at tournaments and build healthy competition bonds.
- Skills like speech and debate help students keep their emotions in check. A good debater will also remember to retain an element of poise and composure while addressing the issue rather than getting swayed away by emotions.
- Debating helps construct meaning out of complex situations. From global warming to terrorist attacks, taking the time to research the subject and carefully join the points helps develop a more impactful argument. Finding preventive solutions to a previous problem and compiling creative solutions out of the box are also key skills developed in the process.
- Many famous and influential figures took part in speech and debate – Tom Brokaw and Oprah Winfrey, to name a few.
History of National Speech and Debate Education Day:
National Speech and Debate Education Day was founded by The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) to celebrate and recognize the positive impact speech and debate activities have on students, schools, education centers, organizations, communities, and the nation as a whole. In 2016, the United States Senate passed the first resolution that declared March 15, 2016, to be Speech and Debate Education Day. In 2017, the Senate passed the resolution declaring the day to March 3, 2017. Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Chris Coons co-sponsored both the resolutions. In 2018, the date was set for Friday, March 2nd. However, the latest resolution declares the first Friday in March as the celebration date of National Speech and Debate Education Day.