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Why Student Debate Matters

Fostering a Good-Faith Exchange of Ideas

April 21, 2023 (newsweek.com) – At Newsweek, we believe that good-faith debate is in the public interest, and we welcome diverse views and voices to the search for common ground. That’s in our mission statement. It’s something we work to achieve every day, and Mightier—this special content hub focused on student debate—is an important part of that effort. We’re delighted to partner with the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) to cover high school debate and to amplify students’ voices.

I think it’s impossible to overstate the importance of healthy debate in our own lives and in the life of the nation. When we citizens can’t tolerate the discomfort of disagreement—when we can’t speak to or listen to people outside of our own tribes—civil society suffers. Democracy is weakened.

What NAUDL does that is so valuable, is give students the chance to develop the skills that are critical in sustaining rigorous, respectful and honest give-and-take about things that matter.

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