*Formerly the National Forensic League (which remains the name of the honor society). We are the national honor society for secondary and middle school Speech and Debate. We work to spark transformation in the lives of students, to help them become effective communicators, critical thinkers and engaged, ethical members of our democratic society.
About the National Speech and Debate Association
Opening Doors, Changing Lives
From the founding fathers to the current explosion of online and social media technologies, the principles of open debate have been the life blood of our democracy, making society stronger by transforming policies, guiding public opinion, and casting light on injustice.
Today, it’s more crucial than ever that American teens develop the skills to speak powerfully and persuasively in front of an audience as well as learn to think critically, explore all sides of an issue, and formulate evidence-based, rock-solid points of view.
Beyond the improvements in their academic performance that prepare them to excel in college, speech and debate students change in ways that influence every
aspect of their lives. It gives them the social and academic confidence they need to grow as individuals, achieve educational goals, pursue meaningful work,
and improve the lives of others – and our world.
Speech and debate gives students an edge...
-Speech and debate participation provides real cognitive and behavioral outcomes in the following areas:
Speech and debate creates enduring transformation in teens, setting them on a path that can lead them in amazing new directions. Check out all the research that proves the ability of speech and debate to change lives.
Speech & Debate and the Common Core
The skills cultivated through speech and debate events are the very same skills teachers seek to develop in their students, as outlined by the curricular
standards that have been adopted by a variety of professional organizations.
Read more about how speech and debate education meets the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.
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