Debate Improves Academics

A new article about debate in Baltimore discusses the positive effects debate has on student’s academics:


“I think debate helps in all areas.  We don’t pick students based on academics. We pick them if they are interested and they are dedicated and it spills over into academics because most of our students if they were struggling at the beginning of the year, they are not struggling now,” said Susan Stork, a Hilton Elementary School Teacher.

Students tackle topics like Off Shore Drilling and Baltimore City Attendance.  Taniya Khalid-El is in the fourth grade.  She wants to become a lawyer.  Her debate skills are taking her one step closer to her dream.

“What makes it challenging is when you have to debate and sometimes you don’t know what to say and you have folders to help with your speech,” said Taniya.


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