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EDTalks: How Debaters Will Save Democracy and Change the World

Academic Debate Fosters Civic Action and Agency

March 2, 2020 (AchieveMinneapolis) – In this “EDTalk,” Amy Cram Helwich, executive director of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, discusses how participation in academic debate improves student test scores, grades and graduation rates – and also fosters critical skills that strengthen civic action and agency. Amy explores how academic debate — historically dominated by white, male and wealthy individuals — has now expanded to a much wider range of participants, helping to strengthen critical thinking, listening, empathy, problem-solving and advocacy skills.

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