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  1. Online classes, groups, summer anything? She cannot take part in competitions in the fall. Best if affordable.
  2. I've seen a number of posts indicating homeschool students who are participating in debate or Model UN activities. How do you do this? Is it through the local high school or some other organization?
  3. Mostly I want to know why do students talk so fast? Also: what are the different events and why would you participate in one over the other?
  4. I came back from my first NCFCA tournament this weekend. My son is doing debate, but as a parent I am asked (nay, required!) to judge all sorts of events. I had the privileged to judge two speech rounds. One was a persuasive speech and one was an impromptu sort of speech where the student draws three topics and then after four minutes of prep time gives a six minute speech. In both cases I was blown away the quality of the speakers I had children as young as twelve compete in both events. The best of persuasive speakers was advocating a specific law change and she could easily give her speech anywhere and gain converts to her advocacy But other speeches were on fun topics like chickens as pets and a gap year after high school. In the impromptu round one girl used a quote that caused one of the adults, a speaker by trade, to stop her and get her to repeat it so he could use it. If you are interested in your child gaining confidence in speaking this is a great way to go. The debaters are equally amazing. I saw students who hear an eight minute presentation from the first team (affirmative) and after only a couple of minutes of prep time get up and present an eight minute counter speech with evidence and organization. I also saw the students cross examine each other both coming up with good questions to ask and dealing with a slippery witness and answering tough questions, some of which were loaded about their point of view on the topic being debated. Further all these children knew a whole lot more about the UN and how it operates than anyone I know. The two groups I am aware of doing this are: http://www.ncfca.org/ This is the one we participated in. http://www.stoausa.org/
  5. Greetings! I am posting to let you know about an exciting educational opportunity for homeschool students in the areas of speech and debate. The Puget Sound Debate Camp trains students in argumentation and communication skills. Debate camp allows students to hone their public speaking, critical thinking, research, and listening abilities. These skills are essential for college preparation and success in the real world. Every well-rounded student should have excellent communication skills and debate training provides that and so much more. Our camp is hosted on the campus of Bellevue College and is one week long - August 6th-11th. The campus is open to students 12-18 years old. The camp is staffed by a number of experienced debaters and debate coaches who have been nationally ranked in high school and college debate and have extensive coaching/training experience. For more information, please visit http://debatecamp.pssda.net/ And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at camp@pssda.net Thank you! Daniel Beasley Puget Sound Debate Camp Director
  6. Hi. My son has an opportunity to participate in NCFCA. What kind of daily/weekly time commitment should we expect? What are the general rules he would follow as a Debate team member? What are your pros and cons? Finally, please pray for this son. He has a chance to do this for FREE; a real life blessing for my household, as there is No Way we actually could do this otherwise. He's capable, but his "out of the box" personality sometimes reflects rebellion and laziness a bit too much. He'd really have to grow up a little, but I'm blown away at the opportunity. Thank you for your thoughts and honesty!
  7. Ok, I am going to vent for just a second so please forgive me. My husband and I are debating public school vs. Private/home schooling. He agrees that educationally private/home schooling is better. He just does not want our kids to live in a Christian bubble. AH, I am so frustrated. Why should a 5-6 year old be exposed to the real world? Why can't we preserve our children's innocence? What's so bad about that? Why shouldn't my child be allowed to learn in a well-behaved, controlled environment? I welcome your view point. PLEASE AGREE and DISAGREE with me. Feel free to "knock some sense" into me. I just want the best for my kids, and I feel like I have to apologize for it. Yuck, I am so over this :ack2: (ok, gotta love that face icon). BTW, son would be hanging out with kids from church who are Christian and involved with Classical Conversations which would mean he would be with other Christians. Home schoolers in general are not in a Christian bubble, but my son would be, I guess. He is involved with community, secular sports and activities. Just to clarify!
  8. The moderator, who is supposed to be neutral in the debate, has not only chosen sides, but has a book coming out about Obama. Clearly, if Obama does not win the election her book will most likely not sell as many copies. So, she's not only partisan to the election, she stands to profit by one side winning. She gets to pick the questions. I find this highly inappropriate. What was the Commission of Presidential Debates thinking? Did they not google her or did they know and either not care or chose her because of her partisanship? This really bothers me.
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