Tulsa Debate League

The Impact of Debate in Schools

Debate's Impact

Successful urban debate leagues make a dramatic impact on student achievement and life outcomes.


A growing body of research by academic researchers substantiates the remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the 2012 Annual Dinner for the NAUDL: “Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity…To be very clear, the experience of competing on an urban debate team boosts your college readiness and your chance to succeed in life.”

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