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S. Department of Education, National Commission on Excellence in Education). 3. The Education Commission for the States’ Task Force on Education for Economic Growth, whose members include governors, business leaders, and educators, assessed the critical needs of the education–commerce nexus and concluded that educational preparation for the “very competitive world of international commerce and trade” must include the essential language competencies of “reading,” “writing,” ”speaking,” and “listening” (Action for Excellence, Report of the Task Force on Education for Economic Growth, Education Commission for the States).

In fact, I often call my favorite radio sports-talk show to argue with the host. My mother is an attorney, and she sometimes practices her openings and summations for me. And I practically live online, defending myself on the Listserv I belong to and networking with my friends on the net. ” Charles correctly recognized that the principles of debate are important across many different fields of practical arguing. But he was not yet aware of the richness and diversity of debate practice. Debate can be classified into two broad categories: applied and educational.

They cannot do this, however. The situation requires that they defend their position. They must have the courage of their convictions. They must discipline themselves, concentrate on the problem, organize their thoughts, and present a refutation. Well-prepared debaters find that they can defend their position, that their opponents are only human; as a result, they gain new confidence in themselves and in their ability to function in a competitive situation. 15. Debate Encourages Effective Speech Composition and Delivery.

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