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II. ACADEMIC DEBATE 29 limited without knowledge of debate. As we know from history, freedoms unused or used ineffectively are soon lost. Citizens educated in debate can hope to be empowered to participate in the shaping of their world. 2. Debate Offers Preparation for Leadership. The ultimate position of leadership is the presidency of the United States. Historian Arthur M. , cites two indispensable requirements that an effective president must meet. The first is “to point the republic in one or another direction.

ACADEMIC DEBATE 29 limited without knowledge of debate. As we know from history, freedoms unused or used ineffectively are soon lost. Citizens educated in debate can hope to be empowered to participate in the shaping of their world. 2. Debate Offers Preparation for Leadership. The ultimate position of leadership is the presidency of the United States. Historian Arthur M. , cites two indispensable requirements that an effective president must meet. The first is “to point the republic in one or another direction.

3 Intercollegiate debating began in the late 1800s, and interscholastic debating soon followed. In the early 1900s, however, intercollegiate debates were relatively rare. Normally a college would schedule only a few intercollegiate debates during an academic year, and large audiences would assemble to watch the few students who were privileged to participate in these unusual events. Recognition of the value and importance of academic debate increased steadily during the twentieth century. 4 But tournament debating did not become predominant until the late 1940s.

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