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This Criminal Prosecutor’s Debate Mentoring Firm is Helping Young Kids Develop Logic and Reason

When Elizabeth founded DebateAble, little did she know that she would be impacting so many lives and giving confidence to these young speakers. With her passion and relentless attitude, she motivated students across the globe and brought them together under one platform, when the world was falling apart due to Covid and distances were increasing. More...
Humans of Fuzia, 2020

Tablets or Textbooks? Elementary students take on one of the great tech debates of our time

In the ongoing discussion about whether tablets or textbooks are better for students, the kids have a lot to contribute. That was clear in a citywide debate involving elementary school students from across the Seattle School District. Roughly 200 debaters from 15 different schools descended upon Catharine Blaine K-8 in the city’s Magnolia neighborhood last weekend, all to argue the pros and cons of a timely proposition: “Tablets should replace textbooks in elementary schools.” More…
Geekwire, June 2018

Trump-Clinton Debate Puts Spotlight on Skills
Young debaters – never mind the pundits – will be watching for pose, tone, inflection, and body language

The first presidential debate on Monday night will be the thing to watch on television — it is estimated that as many as 100 million Americans will be tuning in to see Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton meet face-to-face.  The art of debate is a terrific ability for kids to develop — and a four-year-old company in Seattle, DebateAble, offers students in the third through sixth grades the chance to hone their own debate skills in order to develop critical thinking skills and more effectively present ideas. More…
Lifezette, September 2016

Elementary school debaters test their skills in tournament at Catharine Blaine

"Plastic water bottles should be banned." Or, should they? More than 60 elementary school debaters passionately argued this topic at DebateAble's fifth annual tournament at Catharine Blaine K-8 School (2550 34th Ave. W.), on May 21. Washington Supreme Court Justice Steven González, a Magnolia resident and DebateAble supporter, attended and addressed the audience of almost 200 debaters' friends and family members, debate judges, and other volunteers. More…
Queen Anne Magnolia News, May 2016

Seattle kids respectfully disagree in debate classes with local program DebateAble
Fourth- and fifth-graders might have something to teach adults about how to handle differing opinions

At least that’s the case for kids who have been signing up for DebateAble, a budding local debate program. The ability to think critically and craft compelling arguments seems to come naturally to the roughly 75 students who participate in the program each year. More…
Seattle’s Child, October 2015

Homework, Justin Bieber, cell phones are DebateAble in new program

Should fourth- and fifth-grade students do homework? While many might think this is a no-brainer, approximately 75 students in Queen Anne and Magnolia public elementary schools formally debated this topic for the last several weeks, via a new after-school debate program, DebateAble. More…
Queen Anne News, January 2013


“Conversations about Closets with my Closest 1000 friends”
In the spring of 2020, DebateAble Kids' Founder, Elizabeth Kruse, sat down with Erin Keam, host of the podcast, to talk all about empowering young people, online debate clubs, and more! To listen, tune in here: