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Advocacy Articles

We’ve curated a list of articles from journalists, columnists, educators, and others that explain the benefits of speech and debate. They may be useful in convincing administrators, parents, students, or donors to support and participate in speech and debate. If you come across articles to add to the list, please feel free to send them to


Skills Development

Speech and Debate Bolsters Student Confidence

Speech and Debate’s Impact on Academics

Making the Case for Forensics

MIT: Students on Debate Team Learn to Explain and Persuade Skillfully

DEBATE: Important for Everyone (PDF)

Speech and Debate Fosters Leadership Skills

High Schools Need to Make Debate Class a Graduation Requirement


Career Readiness

Top 3 Reasons to Join a Debate Club to Benefit Your Career

Do Debaters Make Better Lawyers?

6 Skills You Need To Succeed

Importance Of Communication Skills for Students

Competitive Debate and the Development of Legal Reasoning

3 Skills All Communications Majors Must Have

5 Skills College Grads Need to Get a Job

What Employers Want: 5 More Skills to Cultivate

Employers Seek Communication Skills in New Hires

Why Listening Might Be The Most Important Skill To Hire For

Employability Skills – Skills You Need for a Job

6 Ways Effective Listening Can Make You A Better Leader

Communication Skills in the Workplace: How To Get Your Point Across At Work

How to Really Listen to Your Employees


College Readiness

Forensics and Test Scores

Forensics and College Admissions

Hone the Top 5 Soft Skills Every College Student Needs



Teaching Soft Skills: Helping Youth Transition With Strength

Letters in Support of Speech and Debate

Why I Debate: Student Testimonials


Middle School

Making the Case for Teaching Students to Debate


Extracurricular Activities

Why Extracurricular Activities Are So Important