Parliamentary Debate – Skills Development for Their Future



For many parents, debating is seems to be that what comes out of the mouths of pre-teens on the point of whatever is put before them. Others might simply call this protest… Debating is more than just protest, argument - - or structured protest. Parents might think their child is a perfectly formed “debater”… and be quite content with their i-phone fixation. Instead, debating has a lot more to offer. It is very much about allowing students to first master their knowledge of something – a case, an issue in the wider world that has 2 or more available perspectives. This is called the resolution. Students then come together in groups of two, paired as team on either the government or opposition side of the resolution and in a sequence of times speeches, present their side, rebut the views of their opponents and in some debate styles – field and answer questions. All of this is done with a sense of diplomacy, tact and an emphasis on listening to one’s opponents in order to rebut their points effectively - - and not simply “argue” from a preconceived point of view.  In essence they are made the all-convincing ‘teacher’ of their subject - - thereby reinforcing and retaining what they know to the highest degree available in the learning process.

And so what exactly does this do for our future? Young people who can come together and intellectually clash, out in the open (not just behind their screens) on topics to do with justice, or international conflicts, or the ethics of certain industrial practices, or the changing global balance of power, or about changing laws, or improving systems of healthcare, or even education… These are the young people we leave our future world in the hands of. And admittedly, it is a future that needs active thinkers, listeners, and very much so – debaters! These are the life-skills worth cultivating and although not all is lost on the present fixation with digital media, at lease we can create a valuable counter-medium that allows students to come face to face and engage their thinking and make meaning of it and perhaps most importantly, remember and retain what they have learned 90% of the time…

Debate Camp has provided training in public speaking and debate to students in grades 5 – 11; throughout Toronto since 2010. Some students come with existing skills and experience and engage in a week of higher-level training aimed at honing competitive-level skills. Others are completely new to the skill set and are provided with a program designed to build confidence in speaking publically and convincingly. Skills-building, games, inspiring co-thinker and trainers and an overall great experience are hallmarks of this fantastic week Join us!

Toronto Debate Camps in 2018:

Summer Day Camps
The popular Toronto day camp program is now offered in 4 locations: 

Toronto Central: June 25 – 29, July 2 – 6, The Sterling Hall School, 99 Cartwright Ave
Toronto West: July 9 – 13, July 16 - 20, Kingsway College, 4600 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke (with daily bus from Mississauga / Oakville)
Toronto North: July 30 – Aug 3, Crescent School, 2365 Bayview Ave (north of Lawrence – daily bus from Richmond Hill)
Full details on all 2018 GTA camp programs and  locations – please visit:

Find out more at: www.debatecamp.com/toronto.

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