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Democracy in Action

Bringing Debate Skills to Public Discourse

Debate develops informed and discerning individuals who are vital for a healthy democracy. We strongly encourage all debaters to be active citizens and to engage in public discourse.

In that spirit, here are two lessons that will help students differentiate the relative reliability of media sources and analyze media coverage of political debates.

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As another way to engage students in the current political discourse is to have them test their attentiveness to what is being said with a game.

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