The JTD Debate Team is a competitive yet fun and exciting sport for the mind. Debate is a skill that requires commitment, research, and critical thinking skills. Each week, the team meets to research topics from a variety of current events determined by the league directors. They work in pairs, groups, and as individuals to understand both sides of an argument or topic to learn how best to “fight” with our words. Many of the debaters compare it to being a fierce lawyer in a courtroom!
Team members are not required to participate in debate tournaments. Every member is required to contribute by attending the weekly meeting and staying on top of the weekly “homework” of researching the topics and preparing arguments.
Debate tournaments are held off campus on Saturdays from 9 am-3 pm. Breakfast and lunch are served, along with healthy snacks and beverages in between rounds.
The team participated in four league tournaments, and hosted the final championship at JTD in 2015! The debate team won awards and individual took home points and trophies. Incoming grade 6 debaters were inspired to join again and recent graduates were encouraged to pursue the debate teams at their secondary schools.
Just like any sport, debate takes teamwork, dedication, and practice. It truly is a sport for the mind.
Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.