Can formal debate equip my child with skills for college? Join Michael Farris and his guest, Caleb Winn, today on Home School Heartbeat as they answer this question.
I'm joined today by Caleb Winn, former high school debater and the 2003 national champion at the NCFCA National Tournament. Caleb, welcome to our program.
Thanks, Mr. Farris.
Caleb, you spent five years in the homeschool debate league before starting college last year. How did your debate experience help you prepare for college?
I'm a firm believer in the idea that education, whether you're in kindergarten or college, isn't about learning to do what you want to do, it's about learning to be who you want to be. I think that debate's really helped me a lot to realize that and to grow in that. A few key areas are just recognizing the importance of peoplethere's a lot of community in the debate circuit that has brought me some of my closest friends, people that I still keep in touch with after a year out of the league, and that's really important to me. And also, just the ability to think critically and really analyze what I do and why I do things has meant a lot. And I've seen that through my first year of college as well, just as I study and as I get into Aristotle or Augustine and look at these big ideas, things that my experience in debate has really helped me to learn to be who I want to be.
Well, Caleb, it sounds like your investment in debate was not wasted at all. Congratulations on your success in college. I'm Mike Farris.
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