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A Brief But Spectacular Take on Debating Democracy (Video)

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June 26, 2023 (PBS News Hour) – The New York City Urban Debate League has helped over 100 New York City schools get access to debate training for students.

In this “spectacular” video feature, we hear from two middle school students — Freddie and Erick — who participate in the league with their Brief But Spectacular takes on debate and democracy.

“Respect is a huge factor in debate, because, if you don’t respect your opponent, you can’t even respect the judge. Then what are you doing there, to be honest? It’s not even a debate at that point. It’s just argument.”

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