Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and Debate.
Hubert H. Humphrey
First, students learn to research and discuss and study important issues like military intervention, cultural values, international politics, and human rights policies. You will get to debate both government policies as well as philosophical values.
Second, students engage in more stimulating discussions in classes that they take because they have had real-world practice researching, studying, and communicating about these important issues.
Third, students turn in better research and analysis for papers because they have practiced researching and organizing their work into the most effective manner possible in a cooperative learning environment.
Beyond the classroom, these students will have the opportunity to take the skills they have learned to a competition where they will have a unique opportunity to go head to head competing in a battle of wits with other students across the state and country. Overall, students become better educated and more involved citizens of our society as they compete in the academic arena. Competing in this academic arena gives them the opportunity to earn recognition and even college scholarships. They can become lifetime members of the National Speech and Debate Association which allows them another opportunity to earn recognition and scholarships.
To learn more about the National Speech and Debate Association, click HERE.
I have been teaching for 24 years; 18 of those years have been spent at Midlothian High School. The past three years, I have also taught part-time at Midlothian Heritage High School. I graduated from Tarleton State University with a major in communication and a minor in English. I have taught all levels of high school English, Professional Communication, Speech, and Debate. I have coached debate teams for 12 years in which I have the following accomplishments: District C-X champions 9 years, Regional Qualifiers in speech/debate 11 years; State qualifiers in speech/debate 12 years and, National qualifiers 3 years. Several of my students have gone on to debate in college, some of which earned full scholarships.
On a personal side, I have been married for 26 years and have 3 children; I also have two yorkies, a boxer mix, and five chickens. My hobbies include traveling, sewing, gardening, and tagging along with my family when they go hunting and fishing.