As parents, we try to sign our kids up for as many extracurricular activities as we can in hopes that they stay busy and learn respect for one another. Sports always seems as the “go to,” but why not think about signing kids up for debate teams? Debate teams are a wonderful way to teach kids thinking skills, communication, and persuasion while listen to others’ opinions and learning respect. Here are some reasons why your kids should join the debate team.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving
Children that join debate teams learn how to solve problems and enhance their critical thinking skills. Debating allows kids to think about a problem and find a solution through putting their ideas and research together. The reason being is because debating requires a quick thinking process. Listening to others’ thoughts and ideas creates a flow of thinking that can open new thoughts and ideas. Although many kids are able to learn problem solving and thinking skills through sports, the debating thinking process can be started at a young age. Through critical thinking, children can use their skills to solve problems in the classroom, as well as, daily situations.
Joining debating teams allows children to learn effective communication skills through one another. The first reason is because children are interacting with their own team mates as well as opposing team mates. Through this, they establish networking connections. Debating also allows children to learn the art of public speaking and communication skills. Debates require children to solve and answer problems in front of a public, but also persuade the public. Beginning this at a young age will allow children to grow into adults with effective communication and social skills.
Professional and Networking Development
Through the debate team, participants are able to establish a network of professionals and acquaintances. This can come in handy when it’s time to apply for jobs and colleges. Establishing these networks is crucial when it comes to self-development as well. Participants are able to gain confidence and practice effective skills that they will need to use throughout their lives (such as social and communication). They are able to help one another, as well as, learn from one another to think about and solve issues within the world. Many participants are able to gain helpful advice and mentorship that they meet through their connections.
Solving World Issues
Children are the future of the world, that’s why debating is a great extracurricular for them. Through debating, participants are asked to solve problems that deal with real world issues. This requires them to think outside of the box to come up with solutions. Although the two sides of the debate rarely agree, participants are able to understand different views with respect. This will allow them to open new doors in their minds and come up with new ideas while being active in political and global issues. When connections are established, participants can come together to create solutions to problems in the world.