Hello. Thanks for checking us out. Our work is to help teachers and parents begin debating programs in schools where no such opportunities currently exist. We are especially excited to see debate being included in some of the new virtual educational initiatives and are working closely with teachers, students and parents who are building these locally-run online programs. Here’s why we think that’s important and hope that you’ll share our commitment to help:
- “While only 50 out of 100 students in urban high schools graduate, 90 out of 100 urban high school debaters graduate.” That means that starting a debate program in an urban high school with 1000 students can make a meaningful difference in the lives of 400 kids who will now have a chance to graduate but wouldn’t have otherwise.
- “72 out of every 100 high-risk secondary school debaters graduate, versus just 43 out of 100 of high-risk non-debaters.” Same with this research finding. In a high school with 500 high-risk kids, 360 will graduate if they have access to a debate program while only 215 who don’t will graduate.
- High-risk secondary school debaters also score better on ACT and SAT tests, get into better colleges, and perform better once in college. So debating not only helps kids graduate it helps them get into college and do better in college.
No Hate No Violence is working to sponsor and promote new debating programs and to help teachers and parents grow existing programs. We doubt that anyone can propose a better, lower-cost way to educate our youth, and especially our at-risk youth, than a challenging and engaging debate program. This is fact, not opinion.
Let’s consider this. How about a low-cost program in schools that creates an environment where only supportable facts and arguments could be presented? An environment where students can learn to argue with only real unbiased facts and to support their opinions without verbal hatred or violence but by developing the power of reasoning and insight.
We’ve seen that student interest in topics that they want to debate is endless. The amount of education potential in even the simplest school debate program is limitless. We believe that learning debating skills should part of every core curriculum.
Do you agree? Please help us make this happen by donating what you can.