Why should everyone learn how to debate? Here’s a global answer: “Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace… If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation…” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
This book is for teachers, students, and people who have a need to express their views clearly, while using their judgement to understand and question the ideas of others. This book is not about how to use your words to take advantage of others. Debate is not combat. Debate is not a battle with words. Words should not be used as weapons to hurt, maim, or cripple your opponent.
On the contrary, in Teaching Debate In Chile, you will find my honest attempt to help my English Language Learners in Chile to seek the truth. Worldwide, there is a need to find mutually acceptable uses of language, especially when there is a disagreement.
Debate can be used to better understand the rapidly changing world we live in today. We can use debate to reach common ground when we have different opinions. Debate trains the mind to question, to wonder, to ask for evidence instead of dogma.
Nowadays, we are bombarded, literally, with massive amounts of information to persuade us to buy certain products, to vote for one candidate over another, to choose. This book will help prepare students to live in a world of choices.
Again, I emphasize what you will not learn in this book: You will NOT learn How to fight with words.
You will NOT learn How to win arguments.
What you will learn is how to have confidence in your ability to use words to make the choices life confronts everyone with, worldwide.
That is the reason why it is important to ensure all students have the opportunity to develop the ability to think critically, and to express themselves clearly…