Why Is Debate Important?

Debate is important because it helps people develop skills that enable them to be more engaged citizens, discuss current political and global issues, understand opposing views, cooperate with others, make informed decisions and think critically. These skills are helpful not only in peoples’ academic lives, but also at the workplace and in society.

Students in urban schools who participate in debates benefit from better grades and higher literacy scores, drop out of school less frequently, gain communication skills applicable in the workplace, develop leadership skills and think about political issues, according to the Boston Debate League. Debating can also help people think more creatively and express themselves.