I don’t know about the history of the fast-talking extracurricular in Oakland — or, for that matter, how anyone can utter 2,000 words in just 30 seconds. All I know is that debate is back.
Next week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oakland teens will be learning the art of debate at Castlemont’s Leadership High School. Anyone is welcome to come. I guess a new league is forming in the school district.
Sounds like a feel-good story, if I’ve ever heard one.
Here’s some more detail, written up by Dmitri Seals, the organizer of the Bay Area Urban Debate League’s first summer institute:
We are proud to announce the first ever summer institute of the Bay Area Urban Debate League, running from August 11-15 at Leadership Prep (Castlemont). Debate is a competitive team sport that prepares students to critically read, research, and speak their mind; the broader goal of this league is to point our young people toward college scholarships and successful careers with positive social impact. For next week’s institute, we have gathered some of the top debaters – and teachers – in the nation to help Oakland students get a taste of what debate is all about. Workshops at the institute will cover debate theory, research techniques, and a wide range of political issues.
The Bay Area Urban Debate League is part of a national movement to bring debate where it is needed most, with established leagues in 18 cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
- Dates: Monday, August 11 to Friday, August 15
- Times: 9AM to 3PM each day
- Place: Leadership Preparatory High School
- 8601 Macarthur Boulevard
- Oakland, CA 94605
The founding schools of the Bay Area Urban Debate League:
- Skyline High
- Oakland High
- Street Academy
- Dewey Academy
- Media College Prep at Fremont
- CBITS and Leadership Prep at Castlemont
- BEST and EXCEL at McClymonds
- California College Prep (Cal Prep) Lionel Wilson Prep
- Lionel Wilson College Prep
Christopher Scheer, who will co-coach the Skyline debate team, says students and parents are welcome to e-mail him with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. I’m going camping this weekend, starting today, so I apologize to any brand new commenters about the moderation delay…