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Why Teach Debate to Kids?

By DebateAble Coach, Sarah Yatsko 

As for many, the run up to the 2016 presidential election laid bare for me the fragile state of civil discourse. My social media feeds were full of friends and family members dismissing one another based on which candidate they supported or where they stood on a particular issue. There was little engagement, effort to understand or thoughtful debate. 
Coach Sarah and her first year DebateAble club 

In the middle of t…

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DebateAble Table Volume 7: LOGICAL FALLACIES


In this post, we're focusing on logical fallacies. Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning. People use logical fallacies to distract from the topic being discussed or argued when they can't come up with a direct response. We've been covering logical fallacies in some of our online debate clubs and we noticed that kids are quick to grasp the different types of fallacies and to spot them in their own arguments and the arguments of others.

For most DebateAble Table lessons, we suggest that fami…

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DebateAble Table Volume 6: GAME DAY

Today is Game Day at DebateAble Table! In this week's edition we are sharing mind bending brain teasers and original DebateAble games with your student. The activities are pulled straight from our own curriculum so we know they're fun! 

DebateAble Table includes all the content and instructions needed to engage in these activities today. Just click on the DEBATEABLE TABLE button for the Activity Packet, print it out and pass it to your young debater. No debate experience necessary. Our aim is to …

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Psssst.... Take a look inside a debate club

Every week, we hear from adults who believe in the power of debate and want to bring it to kids in their community. Most of the messages include questions, like: 
  • Do I have to have a debate background to lead a club?
  • How do I get my community engaged?
  • How will your curriculum help?
  • How do I do it!?
We could talk all day about our program and its benefits, but we thought it might be more helpful to get insight from others who are using DebateAble's curriculum in their clubs.
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Coach and…

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DebateAble Table Volume 2: Are Participation Trophies Good or Bad for Kids?

We are excited to introduce this week’s DebateAble Table topic and activity, but first we wanted to share something we hope is helpful as you navigate through this period of time with your children. The National Association of School Psychologists has offered solid guidance for talking with our kids about what's going on in a way that both respects and empowers:

Let your children's questions guide you. Answer their questions truthfully, but don't offer unnecessary details or facts. Don't avo…

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